Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1980. Collector's Edition. Leather with gilt-stamping. Quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/2"), full brown leather with four raised hubs on spine, 22k gold lettering and scrollwork; Introduction by Prof. of German, Carl F. Schreiber; full-color frontispiece of Goethe plus half-tone plates by Eugene Delacroix (whom Goethe thought enhanced his masterwork); all page edges gilded [a.e.g.], ribbon page-marker; watered silk golden endpapers; xxv, [xxvi-xxx] + 183 pages. As New / None. Item #7338
AS NEW condition in full leather, 22karet gold highlights on cover, plus SUPERB Delacroix plates. Tight, bright, square copy. No annotations, previous ownership or remainder marks. Printed on special archival paper; Smythe sewn for greater strength.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) was a German polymath, writer, and statesman. His works include epic and lyric poetry; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an autobiography; literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and colour; and four novels.
The first part of Faust appeared in 1808; the first English translation in 1832. Professor Mark Van Doren praised this translation by Alice Raphael (1887-1975) as being "the best in its combination of fidelity and form." Goethe himself praised the illustrations executed by noted French artist Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863).