19 December 2017

Inventory of earlier Oera Linda translations

The publisher of my first choice has declared to be "most definitely" interested in the new English (professionally proofread) translation and was sent the current (not-final) version to read.

It will be the first printed English translation to be straight from the original language, as the one by Sandbach (1876) was based on the first Dutch one by Ottema (1872). The Sandbach translation was the basis for most other (non-Dutch/German) ones.

A very literal (but not proofread by a native) English translation was made by the Norwegian Hans Olav Lien some years ago (link in table below) and currently only accessible in the web archives.

The earlier translations (known to me) that were straight from the original language are:

Ottema - 1872, 1876
Overwijn - 1941, 1951
Jensma - 2006 (1)
De Heer - 2008 (2)
(1) This is the only translation that was based on the assumption that the text is a 19th Century forgery, meant as a joke.
(2) Translation is relatively similar to Overwijn but uses unique Yule-font for transcription of the original text.

Wirth - 1933 (some parts were left out)
Menkens - 2013

Norse and improvised English:
Lien - 2013 (web-only)

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Chronological list of Oera Linda translations (known to me)

year author language title publisher
1872/ 1876 J.G. Ottema Dutch Thet Oera Linda Bok H. Kuipers, Leeuwarden (1, 2)
1933 W.R. Sandbach English The Oera Linda Book Trübner & co., London
1933 H. Wirth German Die Ura Linda Chronik Koehler & Amelang, Leipzig
1941/ 1951 J.F. Overwijn Dutch Het Oera Linda Boek N.V. Enkhuizer Courant/ Chefferd
1992 U. & J. Hamilton Swedish Oera-Linda : en Fornfrisisk Krönika Cradle Publications
1998 A. Snyman Afrikaans Die Oera Linda boek Vaandel-Uitgewers, Mosselbaai
2004 A. Soldani Italian Oera Linda il libro, pagine di storia dimenticate web-only
2006 G. Jensma Dutch Het Oera Linda-boek Verloren, Hilversum
2007 J. Fermaut* French Le livre des Oera Linda selfpublished, Bierne
2008 S. de Heer Dutch ЋET OERA LINDA BOK self-published, Amsterdam
2012 A. Pietrykowska Polish Ksiñega Oera Linda Armoryka, Sandomierz
2013 H. Menkens German Die Oera-Linda-Handschriften Lühe-Verlag, Süderbrarup
2013 H.O. Lien Norse/ (English) Oera Linda-boka/ (The Oera Linda Book) web-only
2017 D. Campayo Bustos Spanish Oera Linda - un manuscrito del siglio XIII web-only
2019 J. Ott English www.oeralinda.be for now, web only

* Fermaut translated the Dutch translation of Ottema.

Note: the English translation that was published as an appendix to "Survivors of the Great Tsunami" (2010/2011) and "Chronicles from pre-Celtic Europe" (renamed third edition, 2014), self-published by A.J. Raubenheimer were edited versions of the Sandbach translation.

Translations in my collection:


1 comment:

  1. Dear Mr. Ott,

    Is there any news (on the publication date) of your forthcoming English translation?

    Kind regards,