By Pamela E. Selwyn
An account of the operating of the eighteenth-century German ebook alternate as published via the occupation of Friedrich Nicolai (1733–1811). "Selwyn’s paintings makes a impressive 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 explicit 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 numerous governments tried to observe the ebook exchange, the character of ebook piracy, and a number of alternative issues. Selwyn’s first-class abilities as a author enable her to explain those concerns in an enticing means . . . it's a terrific piece of work—a pride to read."—John D. Woodbridge, Trinity overseas college In his well known e-book The Germans (1982), Stanford historian Gordon Craig remarked: "When German intellectuals on the finish of the eighteenth century talked of residing 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 used to be the significance attributed to Nicolai’s function within the highbrow lifetime of his age through his personal contemporaries. whereas lengthy missed by way of scholars of the interval, who tended to just accept the cartoon of him as a philistine who didn't 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 This e-book, drawing upon Nicolai’s huge unpublished correspondence, rounds out the image we've got of Nicolai already as writer and critic through concentrating on his roles as bookseller and writer and as an Aufkärer within the ebook alternate.
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28 ) EVERYDAY LIFE in the German Book Trade from foreign competition, particularly from pirate publishers. As he portrayed it, the German book trade was fraught with particular risks and disadvantages—the book fairs, literary piracy,83 the necessity of maintaining books in several languages in stock at all times, the high cost of travel and freight, the need to cater to the tastes of many provinces and not just of a capital city, and so on. 84 They also brought a good deal of money into the public treasuries.
153. Beer published a fifth and final volume of the work at that fair. 64. Thomas Carlyle, History of Friedrich II of Prussia Called Frederick the Great, ed. John Clive (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1969), p. 193. 65. F. von Schiller to Christophine Schiller, 6 November 1782, [Oggersheim,] in Schiller, Werke, Nationalausgabe, vol. 23, Schillers Briefe, 1772–1785 (Weimar: Hermann Böhlaus Nachfolger, 1956), p. 49. Schiller did not actually intend to go to Berlin but wanted people to think he was on his way there.
404). Now that the rich and respected founder of the journal was dead, the bookseller saw no reason to allow the poor unknown foreigner Sebaldus to benefit from what should have been his. He finally achieves his end by convincing Sebaldus that he is about to be arrested for heresy because of a translation he had prepared and must flee the country at once to avoid imprisonment or worse. The terrified Sebaldus, recalling past persecutions, is only too happy to sell the rights to the journal to pay for his journey back to Germany (pp.