Here is a nice four volume set of books about "Der Messias" by Friedrich Klopstock for your buying consideration. Would make a great gift for a special occasion, or keep them for yourself.
Nice 4 Volume Set of Books entitled, "Der Messias" (The Messsiah). The poem was written by Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. The publisher/printer of this set was George Goschen in Leipzig, Germany. The books capturing this poem about The Messiah were printed in 1799 per what noted in each of the books.
These books are not first editions or are they? According to a biography below, even though he issued the pieces starting in 1748, it was not finalized until 1799, when these books were printed. That was just 4 years before Klopstock left this world. The books are done in the German language.
Some information about this famous poem by Friedrich G Klopstock:
Der Messias (Klopstock)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Der Messias (“The Messiah”) is an epic poem published from 1748 to 1773 by German poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock.
The poem consists of 19,458 dactylic hexameters, as compared with the 12,310 of Homer's Odyssey. At Schulpforta, the classical school Klopstock attended 1739-1745, the plan for the poem was formulated. The project reflected the influence of Johann Jakob Bodmer's translation of John Milton's Paradise Lost which Klopstock had read at the school. After developing his plan, Klopstock wrote a prose version of the first three cantos. After going to Leipzig in 1747, he recast the prose into hexameters. In 1748, this verse for the first three cantos appeared anonymously in the Bremer Beiträge (“Bremen Contributions”). The next two cantos appeared in 1750, and the next five appeared in 1755. Ten more cantos appeared substantially later: five in 1768 and five in 1773.
When the first three cantos appeared, it took the public a year to get accustomed to the novelty of the form and content, after which the poem's success was unprecedented; its readers awaited with impatience the next cantos. The poem became regarded in some circles as equal to the epics of Dante and Milton, especially by women and religious people.
In using hexameters for his verse, Klopstock had abandoned the traditional Alexandrines. This loosed a storm of criticism on his head from the school of Johann Christoph Gottsched, who ridiculed what he called Klopstock's “seraphic spirit of fanaticism,” his strictures on Gottsched's dogmatism, his effeminate and morbid tenderness, and his religious sentimentality. These criticisms were later confirmed by Lessing, although in a milder and more dignified spirit. On the other hand, the school of Bodmer applauded. It has been said that the work of no German poet before Richard Wagner aroused such controversy. Goethe's Autobiography tells us that his father banished the book from the house because of its blank verse.
The fame of the work rests on the first ten cantos. By the time the last ten cantos came out, interest in the work had ebbed. A flood of epic imitations on various biblical subjects attested to his contemporary influence, and all the younger poets of his day learned from Klopstock, but the 19th century admired him from an ever increasing distance.
THEME AND STYLE
The theme of the poem is the redemption of mankind, and the poem starts with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. Klopstock's work shows he learned much from Milton. However, instead of strong contrasts, going from darkness to light, from misery to bliss, Klopstock attempts to portray a mental state of continuous, dazzling brilliancy. Instead of an alternation of clashes, there is contemplation. Notable descriptions are those of hell, the council of the devils, their punishment through transformation, the trips through the universe made by angels and devils, and the vision of the last judgment.
Klopstock excites feeling and lends expression to the inexpressible even when his characters become speechless. No German poet before him had so mastered the capacities of the language, whether in choice of words or in rhythmic cadence.
Also; KLOPSTOCK, FRIEDRICH GOTTLIEB (1724–1803)
KLOPSTOCK, FRIEDRICH GOTTLIEB (1724–1803), German poet. Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was the oldest of seventeen children born into an impoverished Pietist family of attorneys and pastors in Quedlinburg (Saxony-Anhalt). After receiving a humanistic education at the princely college in Schulpforta, he studied theology and philosophy at the universities of Jena and Leipzig, where he began writing the first songs of his monumental religious epic Der Messias(The Messiah; published in 4 volumes between 1748 and 1773, final version in 1799/1800). In 1751, he accepted an invitation from the Danish king, Frederick V, who sponsored the completion of the Messias. Shortly after his arrival in Denmark, Klopstock married Margarethe (Meta) Moller from Hamburg, the "Cidli" of his odes, who died four years later. After living in Denmark for almost twenty years, Klopstock resided in Hamburg for the rest of his life, married his first wife's niece, the widow Johanne Elisabeth von Winthem, and published poems, plays, and theoretical writings on German literature, language, and culture.
Klopstock became one of the most celebrated poets of his time and revolutionized German poetic language and its function within the theoretical debate about the possibility of a German national culture. Inspired by Johann Jakob Bodmer's and Johann Jakob Breitinger's literary theory of the poetic use of imagination, he rejected the dominant German aesthetic theory, the rationalist poetics of Johann Christoph Gottsched with its rigid literary conventions.
Beautiful black and white engravings in the front of each book (except Vol 1). The pages just inside the front and back covers have a marbled finish to them. Slight dusty smell to the books, no mold or mildew issues. Amazing to find them in what are most likely the original covers. As you book collectors know, the original condition books are being valued and more sought out than ever before.
The books' pages do show some minor foxing or brown spotting. The books have brown leather hardcovers with gold gilt around the perimeter. Same with the spine. The name of the book and the volume number are done in impressed gold gilt on the spine.
The pages are still firmly bound together in the volumes. The three edges of the open pages are done in gold gilt. A previous owner's name ins done in black ink on a front blank page in each of the 4 volumes. Looks like Margaret Colquhoun. There was a party with that name in Scotland in the first half of the 1800s.
The spine has pulled off of volume 3 from the front cover, still attached to the back cover. There is finish loss to the front and back covers on all 4 volumes. Loss of finish and leather overlay on the spines. The red labels for the book name and volume number are there, a little loose on some of the books. The spine finish material is very brittle, so expect some additional loss from what shown in the pics. We will keep any pieces that come off.
The engraving in volume 3 is detached from the rest of the pages, still with the book. Only separated along the edge, not torn into the body. There is no engraving in volume 1. Some pencil writing in the front of volume 1 as well.
Each book is 12-1/8" tall, by 9-1/8" across, by 1-5/8" wide. The 1st volume is 205 pages in length. The 2nd volume is 181 pages in length. The 3rd volume is 281 pages in length. The 4th volume is 222 pages in length. Let us know if you have any questions or need additional pictures. Don’t be shy to make an offer, we are always open to reasonable suggestions.
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