Briefe, antiquarischen Inhalts. Erster [-Zweyter] Theil.

Berlin, Friedrich Nikolai, 1768-9.

2 parts in one vol., small 8vo, pp. [vi], 256; [ii], 276, with two engraved plates by J. W. Meil; a very good copy in German contemporary half sheep, raised bands on spine, leather lettering-pieces; initials of former owner (F.J.S.) on spine.


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First edition in book form of a collection of 57 letters which were first published in Hamburg periodicals. They were written by Lessing in reply to Adolf Klotz’s attack on his Laokoon (1766), and are both a defence of Laokoon and at the same time a counter-attack on Klotz’s own book.

Goedeke IV/1, 414, 109; Wilpert/Gühring 47.

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