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Peter Schlemihl
London - G. andW. B. Whittaker, 1824. London - G. andW. B. Whittaker, 1824 Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First edition. A particularly interesting and scarce copy of this first English translation of a wonderful story of a man with no shadow. First Edition, Second Issue. With frontispiece and seven further etchings by George Cruikshank. This issue has misattributed the original German story, stating 'from the German of Lamotte Fouque' when in fact it was written by exiled French aristocrat Adelbert von Chamisso. It also misspells the name of its illustrator as 'George Cruickshank'. According to Bates's essay on Cruikshank, 'collectors are anxious to secure early copies of the first edition, known by the printer's error in the name of the artist, where we find an adventitious 'c' - 'Cruickshank'. The error was corrected after a few copies had been worked off'. With 'Liberty of Opinion' bookplate of Charles Conway to front pastedown, and armorial bookplate of Charles F. S. Chambers to front free-endpaper. Adelbert von Chamisso (January 30, 1781 August 21, 1838) was a German poet and botanist. He had become lieutenant in 1801, and in 1805 accompanied his regiment to Hameln, where he shared in the humiliation of its treasonable capitulation in the following year. He joined the circle of Madame de Stal, and followed her in her exile to Coppet in Switzerland, where, devoting himself to botanical research, he remained nearly two years. In 1812 he returned to Berlin, where he continued his scientific studies. In the summer of the eventful year, 1813, he wrote the prose narrative Peter Schlemihl, the man who sold his shadow. This, the most famous of all his works, has been translated into most European languages (English by William Howitt). It was written partly to divert his own thoughts and partly to amuse the children of his friend Julius Eduard Hitzig. In the story, Schlemihl sells his shadow to the Devil for a bottomless wallet, only to find that a man without a shadow is shunned by human society. The woman he loves rejects him, and he spends the rest of his life wandering the world in scientific exploration. Condition: Rebacked in calf with original boards. Externally very sound, smart spine, older leather rubbed with loss. Internally, firmly bound. Bright and generallyclean aside from occasional instances of light scattered foxing, and off-setting from the plates. Ink annotation to verso of front free-endpaper. The half-title is missing, as is common. Overall: VERY GOOD.
      [Bookseller: Rooke Books]
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