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ANTIQUARIAN BOOK

Memoirs.

KLOPSTOCK (Frederick and Margarter).

KLOPSTOCK (Frederick and Margarter).

Memoirs.

Translated from the German, by the Author of "Fragments in Prose and Verse".

First English Edition. 8vo. [188 x 124 x 17 mm]. xii, 236 pp. Bound in contemporary calf, the covers with a border of three gilt fillets, a blind foliate scroll roll, a blind zig-zig roll, a blind wave roll and blind fillets. The spine divided into five panels with thick blind tooled bands, lettered in gilt in the second, the others with a gilt acorn, fleurons and small circles, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with gilt fillets, marbled endleaves and edges. (A little rubbed).
Bath: printed by Richard Cruttwell, St. James's-Street; and sold by Cadell and Davies, Strand; Hatchard, Piccadilly, London; and S. Cheyne, Edinburgh, 1808

A very good copy, from the library at Invercauld Castle, Braemar.

The first English edition, translated by Elizabeth Smith (1776-1806), and published posthumously in the same year as her own work Fragments in Prose and Verse. In September 1798 Klopstock, "the Milton of Germany", was visited by Wordsworth and Coleridge, who wrote in his letters: "Wordsworth and I accompanied Klopstock to his Brother's who lives ten minutes walk from the Gates, in a row of little Summer-houses - so they appear - with ugly rows of cropped and meagre Elms before them. - Whatever beauty may be before the Poet's Eyes at present, it must certainly be purely of his own creation - thought I, as I entered the House. - We waited a few minutes in a neat little parlour, ornamented with Prints, the subjects of which were from Klopstock's Odes. - The Poet entered. - I was much disappointed in his countenance. I saw no likeness to the Bust. - There was no comprehension in the Forehead - no weight over the eyebrows - no expression of peculiarity, either moral or intellectual, in the eyes; - there was no massiveness in the general Countenance. - He is not quite so tall as I am - his upper jaw is toothless, his under jaw all black Teeth; and he wore very large half-boots, which his legs completely filled. They were enormously swelled. - He was lively, kind and courteous. He talked in French with Wordsworth - and with difficulty, spoke a few sentences to me in English. - We were with him somewhat more than an hour".

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