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| given, without credit, it is often attributed to ShoBURGER'S “LEONORA,”-In“ American Publishers' berl himself. Circular," Vol. I., No. 4, June 15, 1863, and again, 7. Lenore. (First version.) James Clarence Vol. IV., No. 12, April 15, 1865, the writer stated Mangan, “Dublin University Magazine," vol. ir. his intention of publishing .Leonora' in the origi. No. 23, 1834, p. 509.-“ Poems," New York. P. pal German, with a literal English prose translation, M. Haverty, 1859. Edited by John Mitchell. the whole contrasted with all the poetic translations, 8. Leonora. By James Nack. “ New York Mirof whatever merit, procurable ;'and promised all ror," vol. xiv., No. 12, Saturday, Sept. 17, 1836. favoring him with versions not contained in his list 9. Lenora. By John J. Campbell, B. A. of Baliol (and he should have added, all supplying informa- College, Oxford, England. “The Song of the Bell, tion) an early copy of his forthcoming work. He and Other Poems from the German.” Edinburgh: now acknowledges many favors hereto relating, Wm. Blackwood & Sons, 1836. from both old and new friends, to be particularized 10. Leonora. By Sarah R. Whitman. “Knickershortly in the volume itself, dedicated to them: and, bocker Magazine,” March, 1839. adverting to the fact that no important work of this 11. Leonora. By C. A. Bristed. “Yale Literary kind can be accomplished by unaided efforts, he Magazine,” 1840. Republished in the “New York presumes still further to tax literators at large for Evening Post," 1847. See “Pieces of a Brokenassistance. His original object was to confine him- Down Critic Picked up by Himself.” Baden Baden. self to English renderings, but the acquisition of a Printed by Scotzniovsky, 1858. particularly fine one in the tongue of the Czar in- 12. Lenora. By Rev. Chas. T. Brooks. “German duces him to wish to include one confessedly good Lyric Poetry." Boston: Entered by Hilliard, Grey rendition from each of the modern European lan- & Co., 1842. Boston: James Munroe & Co. London: guages, although the latter portion of the design Joho Green, 1842. This volume is also Vol. XIV. filling up rather slowly, the first edition will not be of Ripley's “Specimens of Foreign Standard Literadelayed on its account.
ture." Republished, Philadelphia: W. P. Hazard, This proposed book will be a true variorum "Leo-1863. nora”-a genial assemblage of the many admirers of 13. Lenore. By Miss E. Smedley. From German Bürger. All genial folk, then, able and willing to Ballads, Songs, etc. Edward Lumley. London, aid, will please be particular in sending, along with 1845. contribution, name and address to the writer.
14. Leonore. (Second version.) James Clarence Editors inserting this article, entire, and mailing Mangan, “Dublin University Magazine,” vol. 28, a copy of the number containing it to the author, No. 168, 1846. This has the exact rhythm and will be considered contributors, not thus gaining in rhyme of the original; the first has not. a pecuniary sense, but greatly aiding to fill a gap 15. Leonora. By Julia M. Cameron. R. A. in English poetical literature.
Longmans. London, 1847. A reference to the following exhibit of the various 16. Lenora. By Mrs. Moses (i. e. Mrs. Jane S.) copies owned by the writer will show that four at Appleton, “ Voices from the Kenduskeag." Essays least of the eight different versions (probably be- in prose and verse. Printed, not published, Bangor, sides his own) in the possession of W. Taylor, Esq., Maine, 1848. previous to 1829, to say nothing of “the others" he. 17. Leonore. By the Translator of Schiller's * had read," are wanting, and it is these early ones “ William Tell.” Philadelphia : King & Baird. No that the writer is more especially anxious to secure. date. This is Wm. Peter, A. M., of Christ Church, The quarto mentioned by Watt, “ Bibliotheca Bri- | Oxford, England. Late H. B. M. Consal at Philatannica,” article Bürger, which appeared in England delphia. See “ William Tell and Other Poems.” 1796, containing translations of "Leonora" by five 3d edition. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, or six different English poets—and which hitherto 1851. the writer has not been able to secure-probably 18. Lenore. By J. 0. Noyes, M. D. “Waverley holds the first five authors named in the list below, Magazine," of Boston, Mass.-bout 1850. The and, possibly, one other.
writer's copy being on a half sheet of this number
wanting the date, but paged 363. LEONORAS ALREADY COLLATED.
19. Leonore. By Alfred Baskerville. New York, 1. Ellenore. By W. Taylor, of Norwich, England, 1854. John Weik, Philadelphia, 1856. mentioned in the preface to Dr. Aiken's Poems 20. Lenora. By William Nind. “The German published 1791. This version was written in 1790, Lyrist; or Metrical Versions from the Principal and first published in the second number of the German Poets." By W. N. Cambridge, England: “ Monthly Magazine," 1796. It also occurs in the MacMillan & Co. 1856. “ Weekly Magazine," Philadelphia : Jas. Watters 21, 22. Lenore. Two Verse Translations (in the & Co., 1798.
same pamphlet). Cambridge (England): Mac2. William and Helen. By Sir Walter Scott. Millan & Co. 1858. Written and published 1795. See Collected Works. 23. Lenora. By Albert Smith. “Wild Oats and
3. Leonora. By W. R. Spencer. Published 1796. Dead Leaves." London : Chapman & Hall. 1860. London: T. Bensley.
24. Lenore. By Rev. Robert Trail Spepce Lowell, 4. Lenore. By Henry James Pye. Published from “Fresh Hearts that Failed Three Thousand 1796. London: For the Author.
Years Ago." Boston: Tickpor & Fields. 1860. 5. Lenora By J. T. Stanley. London. Second 25. Eleanor. From Funck's “Guide to German edition. W. Miller, 1796. The first edition is more Literature." [Lesebuche.] desirable.
26. Lenore. J. W. Grant. “Bürger's - Lenore, 6. Lenore. By B. Beresford. In “Translations German and English, and Original Poems." Lonof German Poems, extracted from the Musical Pub-don: Murray & Co. 1866. lications of the author of the Germau Erato.' To 27. Lenora. In Russian. By B. Zukovskij. which are added some other pieces by the same 28. Lenora. By Dr T. E. Osmun, of Pb iladelphia. hand.” Berlin: Printed for H. Frölich, 1801-3. Yet unpublished. 1866. Also Black & Armstrong's “Outline Illustrations of 29. Leonora. By John A. Dorgan, o PhiladelBürger," by Moritz Retsch. London, 1840. The phia. Yet unpublished. 1866. latter publication was edited by F. Shoberl, and, 30. Lenora.“ By Chas. J. Lukens. Wat unpubfrom the fact that Beresford's translation is therein lished.
= OCT. 1, 1866. 31. Eleanora. A Metrical Experiment to Con- ! OUR CONTINENTAL CORRESPONDENCE. trast Bürger's Metre. By Chas. J. Lukens. Yet
Paris, August 3, 1866. unpublished.
I have been postponing, week after week, notice The Editor is likewise aware of translations in of the discussion on copyright, which occupied a Latin, Italian, Danish, etc., as yet unobtained ; and good deal of time during the recent session of the has ordered out from Europe, and expects to present, Legislative Chamber, produced a characteristic reMusical Compositions of this Ballad—by Jos. André, port from M. Ste. Beuve in the Senate, and gave 1791, and by Zumsteeg, 1798.
rise to animated debates in many of our drawingThe writer is very solicitous to have the first rooms. It would seem this subject could not create edition of Stanley, which conforms mainly to Bür- much difference of opinion, for, as M. Alphonse Karr ger's text. In the second edition, Stavley entirely said, all the legislation required was a law declarreverses the catastrophe, converting tragedy into ing "literary property is property." Nevertheless, comedy.
when we see respectable firms pirate authors' works From the above facts, it is fair to presume that without scruple, and the exercise of this right of our language possesses at least fifty translations, if possession limited to a few years and finally annulled all could be collected. The great want here is of in every country of the world, it is evident great difversions from 1803 to 1834.
ference of opinion exists on this question, although, CHARLES J. LUKENS, when examined closely, there ought to be no more
No. 1500 Franklin St. controversy about the right of an author to the proPHILADELPHIA, Sept. 26th, 1866.
perty acquired by the activity of his inind than YONKERS, N. Y., August 21, 1866. there is about the right of a country hind to property Cras. J. LUKENS, Esq.
acquired by the activity of his muscles. It is true, Dear Sir :- According to promise, you should society has an interest in the question, but so it has have heard from me before, but I have been on an interest in a great deal of landed property, and several expeditions for our Institute here, and take yet nobody, except those cracked-brains who contend dow the first free time to continue my notes con that all property is robbery, ever dreamed of limitcerning Leonora.
|ing an owner's right to his acres. The citizens of The edition of Eschenburg, mentioned in my the United States had a great interest in seeing the last, contaics the versions by Stanley, Pye, and late Col. John A. Washington preserve Mt. Vernon as Spencer, already collected by you.
nearly as possible in the condition in which Wash
ington had left it. It would have been mourned as Still another translation is found in " A Collection a national calamity had he torn down the family of Select Pieces of Poetry containing the 'Lay of mansion and ploughed up the environing yard, as the Bell,' 'Leonora' of Bürger, etc. By Captain he could at any moment have done. Did anybody George Ph. Maurer. 1840." Two editions : 410. dream of limiting his right of possession under this and 12mo.
pretext? Why, then, should this pretext be used to A Danish translation is given in No. 12 of “Mi- dispossess authors ? nerva," 1788.
The debate on this important question was opened The Italian one (second-banded) occurs in “El- in the Legislative Chamber by M. Marie, one of the eonora, Novella morale scritta sulle traccia d'un most eminent lawyers of the Parisian bar. He conPoemetto inglese trad. dal Tedesco (di Bürger) d. tended that literary property was not only property, Mrs. Taylor. London, 1798.” 12mo.
but that it had greater vitality than any other speAnd if the conclusion from Bürger's name is cies of property. Who knows the name of any landright, a second one in “Poesie scelte da Matthison, owners of Greece? where are Cresus's palaces and Schiller * * * Bürger. Trad. in versi Italiani estates? Homer's and Heroditus's property remain dal Dr. A. Bellati. Milano, 1828.”
unimpaired by time. If immutability be a mark of The Latin one by Niemeyer appeared in 1833, to- property (and so it is commonly confessed), literary gether with other translations.
property has this mark in the highest degree. The Niethammer also published in 1828 (third edi. fifty years granted are not long enough. Admirable tion, 1839) & Collection of Latin Translations, works are not immediately appreciated. Rabelais among which Bürger's name is mentioned.
is not yet generally understood ; “ Athalie” was not Some of the above I shall perhaps be able to admired until fifty years after Racine's death. (He transmit to you in a few weeks. I wish I could might have added, Shakspeare's plays were not apfind one each in French and in Greek.
preciated at their full value for 200 years after his While at the subject, I note dowp a few facts con- death; and Milton's “Paradise Lost” has only beeu cerning what other arts have done for “Leonora”:- prized since the commencement of this century.)
A “ Prachtausgabe'' [i. e. splendid edition] was M. Lafond de St. Mur followed M. Marie, but inpublished, 1790, at Vienna, by Miss M. Th. von Pa- sisted upon the interest society has in the works of radis.
great genius, while he proclaimed literary property Illustrations (Outlines) were given by Rohl limited, however, by legislation. He said nobody (twelve in number, 1827), Neureuther (1832), could allow an heir or a creditor to withdraw from Moritz Retsch (1840), and Sönderland. The sub- the world the works of a Descartes or a Montesquieu, ject was treated in two paintings by C. Oesterley, which is no idle hypothesis. Did not France see the reproduced by engraving.
other day Voltaire's heir, the Marquis de Villette, Musical compositions of the Ballad are by Jo. come near having the Bishop of Moulins for his André (1791) and by Zumsteeg (1798).
heir ? The question was accurately stated by Count Finally, it was dramatized by C. von Holtei Walewski when he opened the proceedings of the (1829), with music by Eberwein.
committee on copyright in 1861. He said: “The Bürger's correspondence with Boje relating to principle of material property is occupation; the " Leonora" is printed in “ Morgenblatt," 1809, with principle of intellectual property is creation. The Notes by Voss.
father occupies, possesses, and dies in possession Of all this you may make any use you please. of material property; his son possesses the property It is given in the hope of affording completeness, as precisely as the father did before him. This is not far as possible, to your volume, else it might easily the case with intellectual property.” M. Eugene appear presumptuous. I am very truly yours, Pelletan followed, and contended for perpetual pro
Tu. MÜNDEMANN. Tperty. The government were afraid to grant it,