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Lot #    16473
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 11:31:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Natan Der Weise
Author    [First Ed.] Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
City    [Germany]
Publication Date    1779
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [3], 276 pp., 141:94 mm., nice margins, light age staining, old hands. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Lessing (1729-81) was a German writer and Enlightenment philosopher. He advocated for the toleration of the Jews and he had a close relationship with Moses Mendelssohn. “Mendelssohn was the inspiration for Lessing's Nathan der Weise (1779), his last play, and once more a plea for toleration. Based on the parable of the three rings, adapted from Boccaccio's Decameron, the play presents Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as three sons of a benevolent father who has given each an identical ring, although each one claims that his ring alone is authentic. Nathan is made the spokesman for the aspirations of the Enlightenment: tolerance, brotherhood, and love of humanity.”
          
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica