Macbeth: Ein Trauerspiel von Shakespear zur Vorstellung auf dem Hoftheater zu Weimar eingerichtet
Tübingen, Germany: J. G. Cotta, 1801.
First printing. 161 pp., 5 x 8 inches. Rebound sans original wrappers in decorated paper over boards. The first printing (in Roman type), followed by a second printing in Fraktur later in the same year. Faint trace of ink stamp and erased ink notation to title page, and a few spots of very faint foxing, otherwise very good in boards with light wear to extremities. Item #4611
Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805), sometimes called the “German Shakespeare,” revered the Bard. His adaptation of Macbeth (for presentation at the court theater in Weimar) was published in the midst of Schiller’s late return to literature (after ten years of historical and philosophical work); four of his best-known plays (Mary Stuart, The Maid of Orleans, The Bride of Messina, and William Tell) were all written in the last few years of his life.
A scarce book in this edition, with no copies found in institutions in the United States, and only a handful in Europe.