Briefwechsel Zwischen Rahel Und David Veit: Aus Dem Nachlass Varnhagen's Von Ense

Varnhagen, Rahel; David Veit; Karl August Varnhagen Von Ense; Ludmilla Assing

Published by Leipzig; F. A. Brockhaus, 1861
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Clothbound. 8vo. XIII, 274; 266 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German. Two volumes in one book. Bound in quarter leather with decorative boards and gilt lettering on spine, marbled endpages, and cloth bookmark. Title translates as: "Correspondence Between Rahel and David Veit: From the Estate of Varnhagen Von Ense. " Rahel Varnhagen was a "German writer; born at Berlin June 19, 1771; died there March 7, 1833. Her home life was uncongenial, her father, a wealthy jeweler, being a strong-willed man and ruling his family despotically. She was very intimate with Dorothea and Henriette, daughters of Moses Mendelssohn. Together with them she knew Henriette Herz, with whom she later became most intimately associated, moving in the same intellectual sphere. Rahel's home became the meeting-place of men like Schlegel, Schelling, Steffens, Schack, Schleiermacher, Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt, Lamotte-Fouqué, Baron Brückmann, Ludwig Tieck, Jean Paul Richter, and F. Von Gentz. During a visit to Carlsbad in 1795 she was introduced to Goethe, whom she again saw in 1815, at Frankfort-on-the-Main. After the death of her father in 1806 she lived successively in Paris, Frankfort-on-the-Main, Hamburg, Prague, and Dresden. This period was one of misfortune for Germany; Prussia was reduced to a small kingdom and her king was in exile. Secret societies were formed in every part of the country with the object of throwing off the tyranny of Napoleon; Rahel herself belonged to one of these societies. In 1814 she married, in Berlin, Karl August Varnhagen von Ense (b. Feb. 21, 1785, at Düsseldorf; d. At Berlin Oct. 10, 1858) , after having been converted to Christianity. At the time of their marriage, Varnhagen, who had fought in the Austrian army against the French, belonged to the Prussian diplomatic corps, and their house at Vienna became the meeting-place of the Prussian delegates to the Vienna Congress. She accompanied her husband in 1815 to Vienna, and in 1816 to Carlsruhe, where he was Prussian representative. After 1819 she again lived in Berlin, where Varnhagen had taken up his residence after having been retired from his diplomatic position. Though not a productive writer herself, Rahel was the center of a circle of eminent writers, scholars, and artists in the Prussian capital. A few of her essays appeared in print in "Das Morgenblatt, " "Das Schweizerische Museum, " and "Der Gesellschafter, " and in 1830 her "Denkblätter einer Berlinerin" was published in Berlin. Her correspondence with David Veit and with Varnhagen von Ense was published in Leipsic, in 1861 and 1874-75 respectively. " (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Ludmilla Assing was also a "German authoress; born in Hamburg Feb. 22, 1821; died March 25, 1880, in Florence, Italy. She was the daughter of Dr. David Assing and Rosa Maria Assing, sister of Varnhagen von Ense. After the death of her parents she removed to Berlin to reside with her uncle Varnhagen. While in his house she formed the acquaintance of several noted men and women of that time, among whom were Alexander von Humboldt, Prince Pückler-Muskau, Bettina von Arnim, and many others. In 1861 she took up her residence in Florence, where she passed the rest of her life. She married a lieutenant of the Italian army, Cavaliere Grimelli, from whom she was divorced two years later (1875) . Ludmilla founded in Florence a public school, in which instruction in German was compulsory. Toward the close of her life she became afflicted with brain trouble, from which she never recovered, her death occurring in the insane asylum of San Bonifazio, Florence. As a writer, Ludmilla Assing belonged to the school of Varnhagen. Her literary activity was chiefly directed toward biography. She translated from the Italian Mazzini's works (Hamburg, 1868, 2 vols. ) , and the works of Piero Cironi. She wrote also in Italian. The posthumous works of her uncle were edited by her, and for this she was sentenced, in 1863, to eight months', and again, in 1864, to two years', imprisonment by the Prussian government for disrespect to the king and queen, because the works of Varnhagen that were published under her direction disclosed some scandals of the court. As she was residing in Florence at that time, the intended punishment did not affect her. She was pardoned, however, in 1866, but she preferred, nevertheless, to remain in Italy. " (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Authors, German -- 19th century -- Correspondence. Intellectuals -- Germany -- Correspondence. Jewish women -- Germany -- Correspondence. Varnhagen, Rahel, 1771-1833 -- Correspondence. Veit, David, 1771-1814 -- Correspondence. Germany -- Intellectual life. Light wear to covers. Lightly bumped corners. Pages very clean and fresh, with occasional light spotting in margin and occasional signs of aging. Very good condition. (GER-40-8) ger7new, COMHIST2, (JA) , women1. Bookseller Inventory # 29061

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Title: Briefwechsel Zwischen Rahel Und David Veit: ...

Publisher: Leipzig; F. A. Brockhaus

Publication Date: 1861

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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