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THE ADVENTURES OF A NEW-YEAR’S NIGHT, from the German of Henry Zschokke, by Dr. Henry Scholl [caption title]

[Zschokke, Heinrich] 22 cm. 63 pp. Full leather, gilt tooled borders, spine richly gilt. Chip to head of spine, front joint tender and starting to split at bottom edge. A hand-written translation transcribed, in an elegant script, done for John Fries Frazier, and presented to him Feb. 26, 1840 by the translator Dr. Henry Scholl. Frazier's bookplate is laid down on the front pastedown. Heinrich Zschokke (1771-1848) was a popular German-Swiss writer whose work was often translated into English in the first half of the 19th century. This particular tale apparently first appeared in English in Blackwood's Magazine, May 1837, translated by Tobias Watkins. According to an article by John Preston Hoskins in PMLA, Vol. 20, No. 2 (1905), pp.265-304, Parke Godwin included it in his American version of Zschokke's "Tales," published in two volumes in New York in 1845. The story, published as "Adventures of a New Year's Eve," was "very popular in England and furnished the materials for a farce at one of the London theatres." John Fries Frazier (1812-1872) was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry there from 1844-1872, and as Vice-Provost of the University. He was also a member of the American Philosophical Society, elected in 1842. Over the course of his life, he accumulated a large and varied library [see his brief biography in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania of the Nineteenth Century (Phila: 1874), pp. 270-1; and a "Memoir of John Fries Frazier, 1812-1872" by John L. Le Conte, prepared for the American Philosophical Society, April 4, 1873.].
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