Hirzepinzchen: Ein Märchen Mit Buchschmuck von Robert Weise

By: Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von

Price: $299.94

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Book Condition: Very Good+

2 p.l. & 24 pages; Publisher's coral-colored linen, with lettering in gilt on the spine and front cover, and a figured design on the front cover in green, beige and brown, beveled edges to the boards, striking Jugendstil patterned endpapers, edges of the text block decoratively stained green. An excellent copy, with just a bit of minor soilig to the covers, the gilt on the spine is toned brown, and there is just a touch of light rubbing to the spine ends, tips of the corners and the upper edge of the rear cover. The German text is set within a striking colored floral design surrounding on three sides. These text pages and the six fine full page plates are all designed by Robert Weise, and are clean and unmarked in this nice copy. First edition of an interesting short tale by the Czech-born Austrian writer Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach [1830-1916], a writer in German noted for her elegance and wit. The University of Vienna, in celebration of her 70th birthday, conferred upon her the degree of doctor of philosophy, honoris causa -- (evidently the first such degree to have been awarded a woman). Her aphorisms were much admired in her time, are still memorable, even in translation. ["To be content with little is hard; to be content with much, impossible." "Little evil would be done in the world if evil never could be done in the name of good."] This 1890 tale of hers appears to be rare in the 1890 first edition, and would be worthy of attention even if its physical form had been an undistinguished production. Fortunately, this is very much not the case here, as this edition is a masterpiece of Jugenstil design, from the handsome front cover, the stunning patterned endpapers, to the six fine color plates by the noted painter and illustrator Robert Weise [1870-1923]. After art studies at the Kunstakademie Stuttgart, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and the Académie Julian in Paris, Weise settled in Munich and was part the the exiting times in that city associated with the publication 'Jugend" and became one of the founders of a movement which grew out of the Jugendstil -- the movement (and art community) Die Scholle. This book, with a related, but altered binding design, is more frequently seen in editions issued in 1900 and later. This first edition has the 1890 date (in Roman numerals) incorporated in a figured design of a tree with roots, found both on the front cover and the title page. There is no information within this copy mentioning later printings. [This first edition is not in OCLC, or the National Libraries of Austria or Germany, which all list later printings].

Title: Hirzepinzchen: Ein Märchen Mit Buchschmuck von Robert Weise

Author Name: Ebner-Eschenbach, Marie von

Categories: German Language and Literature, Illustrated Books, Decorative Bindings,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Stuttgart - Berlin - Leipzig, Union Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft: 1890

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Size: Small 4to

Seller ID: 41590

Keywords: Secessionsstil Jugendstil Art nouveau Decorative Cloth Bindings