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Record 19598

Reading Experience:

Look here, you had better get hold of G.C. Lichtenberg’s "Ausführliche Erklärung der Hogarthischen Kupferstiche": Gottingen, 1794 to 1816 (it was published in numbers seemingly. Douglas the publisher lent it to me: and tho’ I hate the damned tongue too cordially to do more than dip into it, I have seen some shrewd things. If you cannot get it for yourself, (it seems scarce), I daresay I could negotiate with Douglas for a loan.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Until: 7 May 1875
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Edinburgh
county: Lothian
specific address: Swanston Cottage, Lothianburn, Edinburgh
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Aspiring writer and intermittent law student
Religion: Uncommitted
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
Title: Ausführliche Erklärung der Hogarthischen Kupferstiche
Genre: Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: Published Gottingen in parts 1794-99 and subsequently in volume form.
Provenance: borrowed (other)


Source Information:

Record ID: 19598  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford A. Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 2
  Page: 133
  Additional comments: Letter 386, To Sidney Colvin, [c. 7 May 1875], Swanston. The date in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 133,, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-99) was a German scientist, satirist and Anglophile. He was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. He is remembered for his notebooks published posthumously and for his discovery of the strange tree-like patterns now called Lichtenberg figures. He also published in 1794-99 an Ausführliche Erklärung der Hogarthischen Kupferstiche in which he described the satirical details in William Hogarth’s prints. RLS appears to have been reading this work in one of the subsequent editions in volume form.



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