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Procedures for Reproducing and Translating the Autograph Text

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The reproduced notations follow Buddecke's comparison of the autograph with the early print editions of 1656, 1682, 1715, and 1730. His underscoring for emphasis is shown by means of italics in the original and the translation. The first stage resulted in aversion as close as possible to the syntax and word choice of the original. The greatest bane of the translator is the monotony of Boehme's invariant key words such as "light" or "ignite". Appositive constructions, often in extended sequences, lead to nested prepositions and a loss of momentum. Unfortunately, the effect in translation is numbing and confusing, all the more since English is forced to replace German case endings with repeating prepositions. The worst rendering of Boehme in English is marred by oracular pomposity. In the autograph, numbers are placed along the margin of each page. In doing so, they instituted more paragraphs than there are numbers in the autograph margins.

Keywords: autograph text; Boehme; German case endings; procedures; translation



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