[BERESFORD, Benjamin, and Charles Joseph MELLISH, translators]. Specimens of the German Lyric Poets: consisting of Translations in Verse, from the Works of Burger, Goethe, Klopstock, Schiller, &c. Interspersed with biographical Notices, and Engravings on Wood by the first Artists. Second Edition. London: Boosey and Sons … and Rodwell and Martin … 1823.
8vo (194 × 123 mm) in half-sheets, pp. [4], ii, iii, [3], 152; title vignette and 13 further wood engravings in the text; the occasional foxmark; contemporary full calf by J. Clarke, all edges gilt, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering-piece, a little rubbed, one small scrape (sometime repaired) to upper cover; bookplate of G. & N. Ingleton (inkstamp, with catalogue number, to rear free endpaper), stamp of Ashwood’s, Sydney, to front free endpaper, early pencilled annotations to table of contents.
Second edition (a reprint of the first, 1822). ‘The chief portion of the following Translations [73 of them, in fact] was published at Berlin, about twenty years ago, in a Musical Work [i.e. The German Erato, 1797], comprising some of the best German Melodies … The great popularity which these Translations obtained abroad, their scarcity, and the unquestionable merit they possess, are the motives which gave rise to the present reprint of them … A few more Poems [nine], translated from the same language, by Mr. Mellish, … have likewise been added. To render this little Volume complete, the Publishers prevailed upon a gentleman, a German by birth, of great taste and knowledge of his native literature, to furnish Biographical Sketches of most of the eminent Writers from whose Works the Selection was made. These Sketches are partly original, partly derived from sources of difficult access, and from the information of persons of the highest authority on such subjects …’ (Advertisement).
Jackson, p. 497; Carré, pp. 89–90; Morgan C26; Speck 239.
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