Lot 449
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S.T. COLERIDGE, AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT NOTE, ON GOETHE

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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Autograph manuscript note, signed
  • ink on paper
discussing commentary by Goëthe - following Chateaubriand and other writers - on the contrasting place of marriage under Protestantism and Roman Catholicism ("...I appeal to the Heads, Hearts, and Lives, of the inhabitants of Italy, Sicily, etc compared with those of Scotland, England, Holland, Sweden [...] the Rabbin's fable of Cain may be truly applied to Popery - 'the very grass turns black beneath its tread'..."), 1 page, 8vo, written on the inside lower cover of a blue paper wrapper, with a later note on the verso ("...Remarks on a passage in Goëthe's works by S.T. Coleridge..."), some wear and dust-staining 

Catalogue Note

AN APPARENTLY UNRECORDED NOTE BY COLERIDGE ON GOETHE. Coleridge also cited the fable that the grass turned black beneath the feet of Cain after his fratricidal act, when criticising Catholicism in his 'Idea of the Christian Church' (Collected Works of Coleridge, Vol 10, p.122). Its source in Rabbinical lore has not been traced.  
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