Die Wahlverwandtschaften. Ein Roman… Erster [-Zweyter] Theil.

Tübingen, in der Cottaischen Buchhandlung, 1809.

2 vols., 8vo, pp. [ii], 306; 340; occasional spotting, but a very good copy in German contemporary half sheep, spines decorated gilt to a Neo-classical design, two green morocco lettering-pieces; from the Schönborn-Buchheim library with heraldic shelf-label to front board of each volume and shelfmark stamped in gilt at foot of spines.


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First edition of the novel which Goethe himself once called ‘mein bestes Buch’. Published when he was sixty, a year after the first complete edition of Faust, Part I, Die Wahlverwandtschaften, or Elective Affinities, has proved to be one of the most enigmatic and variously interpreted of Goethe’s works.

Goedeke IV/3, 388, 181; Hagen A273: Wilpert/Gühring 72.

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