Das Taschenbuch

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Das Taschenbuch ("The Notebook") is a German drama in three acts by by August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue (1761-1819)[1].

The original text

Based on a true anecdote about an occurrence between the Marquis Fouqué and the poet Petisson, play was performed at the Hoftheater nächst den Burg in Vienna (1817), the Königliche Schauspiele in Berlin (1818, 1820) and Königliches Hof- und National-Theater in München (1824).

Published by Leipzig by P.G. Kummer in 1818

Translations and adaptations

The story translated into Dutch as Het Zakboek in 1808 by Jan Steven van Esveldt Holtrop.

The play text translated into Dutch as Het Zak-boek by Jan Steven van Esveldt Holtrop, published in Aelst by J. Sacré, 1820 and in Amsterdam by Van Kesteren in 1848.

Performance history in South Africa

1883: Performed in Dutch as Het Zakboek in the Oddfellows Hall, Cape Town, on 15 November by the Rederijkerskamer Aurora II, with Levend Verbrand (Leonard). (F.C.L. Bosman, 1980, wrongly calls it a play in five acts.)

Sources

A.B. Saakes, 1808. Naamlijst van Nederduitsche Boeken (Vol 4), Google E-book[2]

Berlinische Nachrichten von Staats- und gelehrten Sachen: 1818,1/3 (Haude & Spener), Google E-book[3]

Facsimile version of the Dutch text of 1818, Google E-book[4]

Der Sammler: ein Unterhaltungsblatt, Volume 9, Google E-book[5]

Facsimile version of the Dutch text of 1820, Google E-book[6]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.

Ingmar Koch. 1997. Het ochtendgloren boven Kaapstad. Nederlandse rederijkers in Kaapstad, Tydskrif vir Nederlands & Afrikaans. (4de Jaargang, Nommer 2. Desember)[7]

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