Patricia
Patricia asked:

Would anyone be able to shed some light as to why this edition was translated from the French and the German texts rather than from the original Polish text?

Meeg The original was published in 1965 and this translation came out in 1967. I think the publisher just didn't have a Polish translator at hand and so they turned to French and German translators (with whom they had prior dealings) to produce an English version based on the preexisting French and German translations.
Today, you can find translations from the original Polish of both these novels done by Danuta Borchardt. I would highly recommend reading those instead. At the same time, having compared this translation of Cosmos with the one done directly from the Polish, you'd be surprised how similar they are--there aren't as many errors or big discrepancies as you'd expect.
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