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Goethe's Writing Book Facsimile Edition

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Goethe's Writing Book is a collection of passages in German, Latin, Greek, French, and Hebrew excerpted for penmanship practice. Transcribed by the German Romantic poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his youth, they include edifying dialogues and lists of names of plants, animals, and cities in German and Latin. The seven- to nine-year-old wrote on the looseleaf pages from January 1757 to early 1759 in Frankfurt am Main. The young Goethe's German translation of a Latin text by the ancient Roman historian Marcus Junianus Justinus was copied, according to the boy's inscription, in March 1758.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Goethe's Writing Book": Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Labores Juveniles facsimile edition, published by Mueller & Schindler, 1982

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Manuscript book description compiled by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Labores Juveniles

Stuttgart or Simbach am Inn: Mueller & Schindler, 1982

  • Commentary (German) by Köttelwesch, Clemens
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Goethe's Writing Book: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

A reprint of this edition was published in 2006.


This facsimile edition includes a reproduction of the original paper cover but not the current case binding.

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