Publisher: London: Chapman, Brothers, 1846.
Edition: First edition in English, with a preface for this edition by Strauss.
Bibliographical References: Baker & Ross A1; Parrish, Victorian Lady Novelists, pages 4-5; NCBEL III, 900.
Condition: Edges slightly rubbed; fine copy.
Book ID: 14947
Description3 vols, 8vo, later brown half morocco, marbled sides, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Half-titles present; bound without the publisher's advertisements which are sometimes found in volumes one or three.
CommentsThe first book by Mary Ann Evans, who would later become famous for her writings under the pseudonym George Eliot. Strauss’ groundbreaking, radical biography of Jesus, Das Leban Jesu, was widely supported in young intellectual circles in England, though several years after its first appearance in German in 1835 there remained no edition in English. Encouraged by numerous friends, Evans - then a 25-year-old aspiring writer who was not fluent in German - agreed to take on the task of translation, which took her two years, and she was paid a mere £20.00 for her efforts. Though the financial compensation was meager, Evans was rewarded by Strauss’ high praise for the translation in his preface.