Corrections to The Roots of Romanticism

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 the first three […] remaining volume. all those listed above, and a four-volume edition of his letters.
iii 3 up [add afer this:] Affirming: Letters 1975–1997
7 6 up plaisir plaisir
note [substitute this:] ‘Sweetness of living.’
21 7 up Sardanopolis Sardanapalus
185 note on p. 7 [substitute this:] douceur de vivre
‘Celui qui n’a pas vécu au dix-huitième siècle avant la Révolution ne connaît pas la douceur de vivre.’ [‘Anyone who has not lived in the eighteenth century before the Revolution does not know the sweetness of living.’] La Confession de Talleyrand (1754–1838) (Paris, 1891), 57.
186 notes on p. 15, 2 Aesthetik, Aesthetik (1835),
notes on p. 15, 10 19 37
Paris Brussels
1880 1837
notes on p. 19, 3 Jerusalem, Jerusalem (1811),
188 note on p. 32 [remove space between lines 1 and 2]
191 2 Blake William Blake
192 note on p. 80, 3 Merit, Merit (1699),
note on p. 85 Critique of Practical Reason: Kritik der praktischen Vernunft (1788):
note on p. 87, 2–3 [substitute this:] ibid. 97. 19.
194 4 56. p. 56.
195 note on p. 132 Lucinde: Lucinde (1799):
note on p. 134, 8 Kater, Kater (1797),
note on p. 134, 14 Welt. Welt (1798).
196 notes on p. 141, 4 Athenaüms-Fragmente: Athenäums-Fragmente (1798):

Corrections to 1st edition

The superseded list below may be of use to owners of the first edition (1999). It includes (but is not exhausted by) the corrections made in later impressions of that edition.

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ii   [update list of other titles: details available on request]
iv Add under the copyright notice, as a separate paragraph:

The A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, 1965, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, are published in the US by Princeton University Press as Bollingen Series XXXV:45

x 3–1 lines up For ‘As far as I know ... this may be,’ read ‘This was merely a remarkable coincidence – Berlin denied any connection, and Saul Bellow confirms that he was right to do so. But in any event’
xiii Note 2–1 Add ‘hardbound’ before ‘British’
xvi Note Move up note and run on at end: ‘[The original English text of this foreword has now been published in Berlin’s Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder (London and Princeton, 2000): for this remark see p. 252 in that volume.]
11 4–1 For ‘he thought’ read ‘Carlyle thought’
15 11 For ‘La Jeune France’ read ‘Les Jeunes-France’
15 12 Add comma after ‘romantisme’ and capitalise ‘Révolution’
16 Last Delete ‘life,’
17 2 For ‘de siècle’ read ‘du siècle’
18 2 Delete ‘youth,’
18 14 For ‘fatale’ read ‘fatal’
  16–15 up For
the starry heavens which can scarce express the infinite and eternal of the Christian soul
the starry heavens’ which can scarce ‘express the infinite thoughts and emotions that fill the soul of a Christian
26 8 up For ‘politics, of morality’ read ‘morality, of politics’
27 7–1 For ‘eighteenth’ read ‘seventeenth’
34–5 last & first For ‘the troops of Louis XIV, and of others,’ read ‘foreign troops, including those of France,’
37 14–1 For ‘earthly possessions’ read ‘earthly attachments’ [NB This is the third occurrence of ‘possessions’, which appears twice in the previous line too]
37 13–1 For ‘is’ read ‘are’
38 11 For ‘Herrnhüter’ read ‘Herrnhuter’
38 Last For ‘left-wing’ read ‘left wing’
54 2–1 Delete ‘committed suicide. He’
88 20 For ‘do,’ read ‘do’
93 2 For ‘August Wilhelm’ read ‘Friedrich’
113 20 For ‘in the early nineteenth century’ read ‘at the end of the eighteenth century’
124 1 For ‘music teacher’ read ‘teacher of Italian’
141 19 For ‘On the one hand’ read ‘To some degree’
146 11 For ‘seems’ read ‘seem’
152 12 Add comma after ‘romantisme’ and capitalise ‘Révolution’
153 12 [delete 'Untraced.' and substitute the following:]
J. L. Spalding, ‘Religion and Art’, in his Essays and Reviews (New York, 1877), 328.
6–5 up, col. 2 [delete whole entry and substitute the folowing:]
‘A work of morality’
[Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle], ‘Préface sur l’utilité des mathématiques et de la physique’ (1699), in Œuvres de Fontenelle (Paris, 1790–2), vi 67.
156 15 For ‘1959– ’ read ‘1959–95’
161 10–16 [replace whole paragraph with the following (moving on matter from p. 161 to p. 162 as necessary):]
In the lectures Berlin ascribed this image to Diderot, but I have substituted Schiller, to whom he ascribes it in essays he later published himself. The truth, however, appears to be more complex. Berlin probably derived the image of a bent twig from G. V. Plekhanov, Essays in the History of Materialism, trans. Ralph Fox (London, 1934), p. vii, where we read: ‘When the twig is bent in one direction it has to be bent back to straighten it.’ Berlin certainly read this book, and cites it in the bibliography to his Karl Marx (1939). Plekhanov, however, is speaking of correcting misconceptions of the thinkers he is examining, not of nationalism. It seems reasonable to suppose that Plekhanov’s metaphor struck Berlin, who subsequently attached it to a view of nationalism he associated with Schiller, thereafter misattributing the metaphor, usually to Schiller (plausibly but wrongly), and on this one occasion to Diderot (mistakenly). Schiller’s view of nationalism is to be found in his Geschichte des Abfalls der vereinigten Niederlande von der spanischen Regierung (1788). The discovery of this probable link to Plekhanov was made in May 2004 by Joshua Cherniss.
161 last For ‘Lara’ read ‘Lara
167 col.1 Delete entry for Louis XIV
170 col.1 in entry on August Wilhelm Schlegel, delete ‘93, 109, 113’; move subentries ‘on sacred as unseizable, 104; on universe as constant wave, 105’ to entry for Friedrich Schlegel, before ‘romantic irony’; in entry on Friedrich Schlegel, add ‘93, 109’ after ‘8, 15,’
173–4 Add a list of Mellon Lectures