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KOTZEBUE, August von (attributed).
Geschiedkundig tafereel van den aftogt der Franschen na de bataille by Leipzig, van den 16. Tot den 19. October 1813. Een pendant tot den Aftogt der Franschen uit Rusland.Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1814. 8vo.Original publisher's printed wrapper.
39 pp.Dutch translation of an account of the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813 and the subsequent French retreat, attributed to the German dramatist and diplomat August von Kotzebue (1761-1819). Originally published anonymously as Der Rückzug der Franzosen nach der Schlacht bei Leipzig and possibly printed in Russia, the pamphlet was presented as a companion piece to an account of the French retreat from Russia in 1812 which was also translated and published by Maaskamp.With Amsterdam and most of the Netherlands abandoned by the French, the publisher Maaskamp (1769-1834) published numerous accounts of the recent events, listed on the inside of the wrapper, that had led to the French retreat all over Europe. The author of the pamphlet appears to have been a Saxon living in Leipzig as well as an enthusiastic German patriot, which seems to disqualify the attribution to Kotzebue, who was mostly pro-Russian and would ultimately be murdered for ridiculing German nationalism. Nevertheless, the author shares Kotzebue's low opinion of the French bulletins, which he portrays as full of air.With the bookplate and stamp of the Luyken family at Landfort (Megchelen). The front of the wrapper and the title page browned and foxed and the final 5 leaves and back of the wrapper with a waterstain. Otherwise in good condition.l Knuttel 23648.
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