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TOMPSON, John, editor].
English Miscellanies consisting of various Pieces of Divinity, Morals, Politicks, Philosophy and History; and likewise of some choice Poems; all collected out of the most approved Authors in the English Tongue, viz. Tillotson Denham Nichols Dryden Lock Buckingham Milton Prior Cowley Addison Waller Pope &c. And chiefly intended for the Advantage of such, as are willing to apply themselves to the learning of this usefull Language.
Gottingen by Abram. Vandenhoeck, Bookseller to the University, 1737. Rare first edition of one of the earliest pieces of English printing in Germany, and the first anthology of English literature for German students. ‘The University of Goettingen, founded in 1737 [by George II], right from its start had a Professor of French, and after 1747, a second official French lecturer. English was represented by John Tompson, the former lecturer of English at Helmstedt, who taught in Goettingen until his death in 1768. An outstanding cultural herald in an increasingly anglophile city, Tompson was for his contemporaries the incarnation of the true English gentleman. He was appointed as Professor of English (Extraordinarius) by George II in 1751, and promoted to the rank of full professor (Ordinarius) by George III in 1762. His personality and his teaching triggered a wave of anglophilia throughout Protestant Germany’ (Konrad Schröder, ‘Eight hundred years of modern language learning and teaching in the German-speaking countries of central Europe: a social history’, The Language Learning Journal, special issue, Feb. 2018: ‘Histories of Language Learning and Teaching in Europe’, pp. 28–39). In Bernhard Fabian’s words, Tompson’s anthology is ‘a highly competent piece of bookmaking. It appeared in Göttingen in 1737, shortly after the opening of the university. In its production two newcomers had joined forces. The publisher was Abraham Vandenhoeck, a Dutchman, who had moved his printing and bookselling business from London to Hamburg and soon after accepted an invitation to become Götting … [Click Below for Full Description]
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