Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson and Son, 1818. First American edition. Hardcover. Octavo. vi (i), 346, vii, 310pp. Contemporary speckled calf with gilt double ruling and gilt lettering on black label of spine. Translated from the German of Frederic Schlegel. History of Literature in 16 lectures with an introduction and plan of the whole work; the influence of literature on life and on the character of nations, starting with Greek poetry, down to the age of Sophocles in lecture one, to German Criticism of Herder and Lessing, the Freethinking and the Illuminati, Goethe and Schiller, and the true character of German literature in lecture sixteen.
"The... Lectures were delivered at Vienna in the winter of 1812. They were published by their Author, by way of furnishing German readers with a clue to the general scope and tenor of those opinions which he had before expressed in a variety of Historical and Critical Essays. It is believed that none of Frederick Schlegel's writings have ever before been translated into English; but the name of his brother Augustus William Schlegel, who has been his coadjutor in the conduct o f almost all his work, is now as much respected, both in France and England, and it has long been in Germany (preface)." Very small piece of paper with handwritten notes laid in.
Light wear along edges, light scuffing an cracking at joints and spine. Bookplates of Kensington Social Library on inside front covers. Foxing of endpapers and light foxing of block throughout. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #42057