1806 Autograph Letter Signed by Friedrich Jacobs (1764–1847), Classical Scholar and Philologist.
Noted for his translations of ancient Greek and Byzantine literature
Letter in German from philologist and writer Christian Friedrich Wilhelm Jacobs (1764–1847), noted for his editions and translations of ancient Greek.
Jacobs writes from his native city of Gotha where he lived most of his life, working as a teacher and librarian. Jacobs produced the first critical edition of the Greek Anthology (1794–1803) as well as works on such classical Greek and Byzantine writers as Stobaeus, Euripides, Athenaeus, John Tzetzes, and Demosthenes.
He also wrote texts on the study of classical literature and was a writer of original fiction. Contemporary critics praised his novels: “Jacobs stands very high as a novel writer. He is, at the same time, a sagacious philosopher, and had a correct taste as a connoisseur of antiquities; being, in addition to this, extremely clever as a tale-teller. His novel entitled ‘Rosaliens Nachlass,’ is his principal work of fiction. ... [His novels] belong to the most distinguished attainments in modern German literature.”¹
Friedrich Jacobs was the father of genre and historical painter, Paul Emil Jacobs (1802–1866).
Description: 1806 Autograph Letter Signed by Friedrich Jacobs (1764–1847), Classical Scholar and Philologist.
Gotha [Germany]. April 10, 1806. p. Sm. 8vo. Single leaf; laid paper. Manuscript in German. About 75 to 100 words in length. Transmittal fold; near fine.
Note. 1. Earn, ed. The Literature of Germany, from Its Earliest Period to the present Time… (London, 1844), pp64–65.