By Pamela E. Selwyn
An account of the operating of the eighteenth-century German booklet exchange as printed via the occupation of Friedrich Nicolai (1733–1811). "Selwyn’s paintings makes a outstanding contribution to our realizing of the e-book exchange and publishing global in the course of the Aufklarung in Prussia. except what we find out about the categorical occupation of Nicolai, we achieve many insights into how books got here into life, what strategies potential authors used, the fun and sorrows of the publishers and booksellers, how quite a few governments tried to observe the publication exchange, the character of ebook piracy, and a bunch of alternative issues. Selwyn’s first-class abilities as a author enable her to explain those concerns in an enticing approach . . . it's a terrific piece of work—a satisfaction to read."—John D. Woodbridge, Trinity overseas college In his renowned publication The Germans (1982), Stanford historian Gordon Craig remarked: "When German intellectuals on the finish of the eighteenth century talked of dwelling in a Frederican age, they have been occasionally referring to not the monarch in Sans Souci, yet to his namesake, the Berlin bookseller Friedrich Nicolai." Such was once the significance attributed to Nicolai’s position within the highbrow lifetime of his age by way of his personal contemporaries. whereas lengthy missed via scholars of the interval, who tended to simply accept the cartoon of him as a philistine who did not realize Goethe’s genius, Nicolai has skilled a resurgence of curiosity between students reexploring the German Enlightment and the literary industry of the eighteenth century. This e-book, drawing upon Nicolai’s huge unpublished correspondence, rounds out the image we now have of Nicolai already as writer and critic by way of targeting his roles as bookseller and writer and as an Aufkärer within the booklet alternate.
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Schiller did not actually intend to go to Berlin but wanted people to think he was on his way there. See the notes on pages 273 through 276 of Werke, vol. 23. Nicolai had visited Schiller during his travels through Germany in 1781. Nicolai, Beschreibung einer Reise, 10:83. ( 24 ) EVERYDAY LIFE in the German Book Trade interests or pretensions. Some twenty years after Schiller’s letter Henry Crabb Robinson, an Englishman who did much to spread knowledge of and interest in German philosophy and literature in his native land, actually visited Nicolai.
The latter considers whether it is possible or probable that many people may want the book, without taking into account whether they are learned or unlearned, wise or foolish, desirous of edification or amusement. (p. 99). 52. Friedrich Nicolai, Leben und Meinungen des Herrn Magister Sebaldus Nothanker (Frankfurt a. : Ullstein, 1986), p. 84. All page numbers in the text that follows refer to this edition. ( 18 ) EVERYDAY LIFE in the German Book Trade Hieronymus, the experienced bookseller, takes a pragmatic view of the book trade but, like his creator, is not without his idealistic moments: “When I speak as a merchant, I must certainly know what is to my own advantage, but I do not love my own advantage so much that I wish to obtain it at the expense of the whole world.
Working together with his new friends Lessing and Mendelssohn, among others, Nicolai began to realize his ideals of enlightened criticism in his journals. With his initial interest in improving German taste and style, Nicolai focused at first on foreign literatures. 14 Translations of Salomon Gessner’s poetry into French were intended to introduce the German-Swiss writer (and fellow publisher) to a wider audience. The project of a series of biographies of Greek and Roman authors, which however never went beyond the first volume, arose from Nicolai’s interest in introducing classical literature to the literate but unlearned public.
Everyday Life in the German Book Trade: Friedrich Nicolai As Bookseller and Publisher in the Age of Enlightenment 1750-1810 (Penn State Series in the History of the Book) by Pamela E. Selwyn