A few months ago I bought an old book, it was printed in ~1801 and it has a name entry (?) at the first page.


Anybody can fully read that? I personally cannot. What I think:

... ... Auktion im Jahr 1813. ... ... Expedition ... Lit. Zeitung ...

Anyone see more than that?


  • Oh, thanks to the person editing my post (with the image for example), I didnt know where to put it and I also didnt knew any other tags to give. Thanks!
    – ceo
    Jun 10, 2012 at 20:37
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    Just for reference, pictures of what the letters look like in Kurrentschrift are here: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Kurrentschrift .
    – jochen
    Oct 9, 2016 at 11:06
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    Note, that the middle line contains some non-kurrent letters as e, i, u, n and g.
    – guidot
    Jul 7, 2019 at 19:43

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as far as i can read it:

Aus der Auktion im Jahr 1813
von der Expedition der Lit. Zeitung

if it's verb it's strange because it should end with n or t and I see none of it.

  • Thanks, that kind of makes sense to me, though I still cant decipher most of that even with that hint. And I always saw the last word as something to end with a u or a w, but that would be strange too.
    – ceo
    Jun 10, 2012 at 20:21
  • Sure it is 1813 and not 1819? Jun 11, 2012 at 1:59
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    I think you've nailed it spot on. And the last word does end with an "n". You can see the two bumps for the "n" with a fancy swirl as a tail, similar to the "von" at the beginning of the second line or the swirl on "im" before "Jahr" on the first line.
    – Kevin
    Jun 11, 2012 at 4:08
  • Here's a translation to clarify doubts: "From the auction held by the dispatch of the "Lit. Zeitung" in the year 1813"
    – Takkat
    Jun 11, 2012 at 9:00

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