Corrections to The Crooked Timber of Humanity

Corrections to 2nd edition

The second edition (2013) was completely revised throughout, and translations should be made from this edition, with the additional corrections listed below.

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i 2–1 up the first three […] remaining volume. all those listed above, and a four-volume edition of his letters.
iii [add at end:] Affirming: Letters 1975–1997
44 13 superpersonal super-personal
103 5 Burke, Chateaubriand Chateaubriand
119 note 1, 1 v iv
313 7 3 4
note 1, 2 no. 4 no. 3

Corrections to 1st edition

The superseded lists below may be of use to owners of the first edition (1990). They include (but are not exhausted by) the corrections made in later impressions of that edition.

Errors in first (1990) Murray impression

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v 5 carved built
99 2 delete ‘Herder’
100 15 Maistre is usually included in the last category by historians. Historians usually include Maistre among the conservatives.
111 26–7 exterminates him who will exterminate will exterminate him who exterminates
127 13–16 In a simpler and no doubt much cruder form, but in substance precisely as Maistre taught it, it is the heart of all totalitarian doctrines. In practice if not in theory (at times offered in a transparently false scientific guise), Maistre's deeply pessimistic vision is the heart of the totalitarianisms, of both left and right, of our terrible century.
130 16 mystic mystic,
156 12 kings of Savoy, whom House of Savoy, which
157 2 up Le Les
165 1 where whence

Errors in first and second (1990) Murray impressions

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58 7 Gottlob Gottlieb
111 25 skin to make a whip for his child tusks to make a toy for a child
157 n. 1, 11 Countess beautiful
266 s.v. Fichte Gottlob Gottlieb

Errors in first, second and third (1991) Murray impressions

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v 9 1910 1900


23. 23; see also p. xi below
x 10 On the The
8 7 up La scienza Scienza
19 5–4 up in the novel […] world ‘has been, is and will be beautiful’
111 4 dome domain
117 8 quarters breaks on the wheel

11 catches carries off
190 5–6 Karl Moor Karl Moor
199 10
men man
213 12 Krise Krisen
218 6 nature is nature’s
220 11 up proud pure
221 13 humour honour
227 3–5 ‘We must […] annex to it.’ We must be a ‘quickening source of life’, not an ‘echo’ of it or an ‘annex’ to it.

10 disorder of our race … man is disorders of our race – man is

13–14 delete quotation marks
228 14 up delete quotation marks
231 11–9 up delete all quotation marks

10 up Fichte; and Fichte;
237 11 up and that this leads a fallacy that leads
242 8–9 past […] early past. Armed Fichteans will appear … restrained neither by fear nor by greed … like those early
274 s.v. Schiller 220–2 ... 190; 190, 220–2, 230, 246, 251;

Updated 10 January 2016