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ROBINSONADE: Begebenheiten eines französischen Schiffsjungen auf einer unbewohnten Insel, oder, Der zwölfjährige Robinson. Zoom

ROBINSONADE: Begebenheiten eines französischen Schiffsjungen auf einer unbewohnten Insel, oder, Der zwölfjährige Robinson.


A rare Robinsonade with originally coloured plates was publshed in Zürich and Leipzig in 1820.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: Zürich & Leipzig: Trachsler [1820].
Code: 65868

Small 8°, [2] frontispiece and title page with originally coloured etchings and aquatints, 324 pp. with interleaved 4 originally coloured etchings and aquatints, modern tan paper binding with old title pasted on the spine (Very Good, slightly stained and water stained, professionally restored, two old owner's hand written remarks on endpaper verso and frontispiece verso).

This is a rare Robinsonade in German language about a twelve year old French Sailor Robinson Crusoe, stranded on a lonely island.



The story of Robinson Crusoe was based on a real life experience by a sailor Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on Juan Fernández Island (today Robinson Crusoe Island ) for over four years, between 1704-1709. Upon his return a book based on his life was published with a title Fame of having lived four Years and four Months alone on the Island of Juan Fernandez, which inspired Daniel Defoe (circa 1660-1731) to write The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates.

This first edition of Robinson Crusoe was supposed to be only an unimportant entertaining book. It was Defoe’s 412th publication and he wrote it, because he needed money for his daughter’s wedding. It was published anonymously on April 25, 1719, and war republished in on May 9, June 4, August 7 etc without definitive manuscript.

The book was a major success and soon many different variations of text with various names and stories appeared in different languages. The stories varied from entertaining and educational to moralising.    

The word Robinsonade was first invented by German writer Johann Gottfried Schnabel in the Preface of his 1731 work Die Insel Felsenburg (The Island Stronghold).

We could find five examples of the book in libraries worldwide. We would not trace any other examples in the auction records for the past two generations. The book is also not mentioned in the bibliography on the Robisonades by Ullrich in 1898.



References: OCLC: 797502439; Diana Souhami, Selkirk's Island, 2002. Johann Friedrich Kind - Carl Gottfried Theodor Winkler, Abend-Zeitung auf das Jahr... Dresden, 1821; Otto Brunken,Bettina (Ed.), Handbuch zur Kinder- und Jugendliteratur. Von 1800 bis 1850, 2008, p. 1614.