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Friedrich Schiller; Mary A. Batchelder, trans. [Original MS] Marie Stuart 1854
1854. SCHILLER, Friedrich; Mary A. Batchelder, trans. [Original Manuscript Translation] Marie [Mary] Stuart: A Drama. Translated from the German of Schiller. [Boston?, Oct. 17, 1854]. Small square quarto (19cm.); contemporary calf-backed marbled paper-covered boards, the translator's manuscript title along upper cover spine edge and spine, all edges marbled; [2],39pp. of manuscript text, the remaining approx. 150pp. blank; pale blue lined stock. Leather dried and quite rubbed with brief loss at spine crown, joints cracked but holding, boards a bit soiled, else Good, internally fine. An amateur unpublished and incomplete translation of Friderich Schiller's historical play "Mary Stuart," set during the imprisonment and final days of Mary, Queen of Scots. First produced in Weimar in 1800, Joseph Mellish's English translation appeared in London the following year, though the same text would not make its way across the Atlantic until almost forty years later, in a Philadelphia, 1840, edition. Though it is difficult to pinpoint exactly who this translator was, we find records of a Mary A. Batchelder, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, ca. 1835, who may have attended a bastardized performance of the play, though sources indicate that the earliest American production attributed to Schiller was not performed in the United States in the English language until 1865 (preceded by a French-language production in 1855), at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre. According to the same source "It has been equally impossible to identify the 'Mary Stuart' produced at the Tremont Theatre, Bosto … [Click Below for Full Description]
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