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Welcome to my virtual book collection. Since collecting actual books is somewhat cost-prohibitive, I've begun to amass all of the books I would love to have if I had the means. Some are new, lots are old, all are unique or beautiful or unusual or in some other way have captured my fancy. Enjoy browsing!

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Faustus from the German, [translated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge]
Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von). Boosey and Sons and Rodwell & Martin, 1821.

First English edition of part 1, half-title, engraved portrait frontispiece, list of plates / errata f. at end, title with offsetting and foxing, some foxing, heavier to margins, new endpapers, original boards, rebacked in modern cloth, corners worn, 8vo,

Scarce. This edition precedes that with the inclusion of the 28 plates by Henry Moses after Retsch. Coleridge claimed that he “had never put pen to paper as a translator of Faust”, yet Goethe in a letter to his in 1820 stated that Coleridge was well under way with his translation.

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