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Book of the Week — Faust


He only earns both freedom and existence
Who must reconquer them each day.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Tolz: Bremer Press, 1920
PT1916 A1 1920

Printed using a proprietary type (an Antiqua) designed for Bremer Press by the director of the press, Dr. Willy Wiegand. The font was cut in Frankfurt by Louis Hoell (a typecutter who cut many types for designers in the heyday of German printing in the early twentieth century). The two sat side by side for days, cutting, filing, and proofing the font. Edition of two hundred and seventy copies. University of Utah copy is no. 8.


“I hope we shall get on together, you and I;
I’ve come to cheer you up – That’s why
I’m dressed up like an aristocrat
In a fine red coat with golden stitches,
A stiff silk cape on top of that,
A long sharp dagger in my breeches,
And a cockerel’s feather in my hat.
Take my advice – if I were you,
I’d get an outfit like this too;
Then you’d be well equipped to see
Just how exciting life can be.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust


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1 Comment
  • Sophia Luna
    Posted at 19:01h, 02 August Reply

    This book remains an enduring classic that continues to captivate and provoke thought centuries after its publication. It is a journey of the human spirit, its desires, and its struggle to find purpose and redemption. Goethe’s magnum opus is an indispensable addition to any literature enthusiast’s collection, offering a timeless exploration of the human condition.

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