• Bookshop: Schumann (Switzerland)
  • ILAB-LILA Member
  • Publishing year: 1838
  • Publisher: Frankfurt am Main, Schmerber
  • Shipment weight: 750 g

Bibliographic details

With figurative title in tinted lithography, and 14 tinted lith. plates by J. N. Strixner after sketches by Brentano. (I-III), IV-XIV, 346 pp. Large 8vo. 19th cent. cloth, spine label gilt (somewhat rubbed and bumped), uncut. Frankfurt am Main, Schmerber, 1838. First edition, second issue, with printed text within the small triangle on the table to page 97 ("Keine Puppe son- dern nur eine schöne Kunstfigur"). Brentano (1778-1842) used the story "La Petra de lo Gallo" from Basile's "Pentamerone" (1634-36) as his main motif, adding themes from Praetorius' "Alektryomantia" (1680) and from other sources, including some verses from his own "Des Knaben Wunderhorn". He had composed the first, much shorter version of the text around 1811, continuing to rework it until 1846 when it was included in his "Märchen". The present version, revised in the 1830s, is considerably enlarged as compared to the one of 1827, new additions are the dedication and "Aus dem Tagebuch der Ahnfrau". Both these texts refer repeatedly to the history of the principality of Liechtenstein; in his juvenile daydreams, Brentano saw himself as Prince of Liechtenstein, and he imagined all fabulous montains he ever read about in fairy tales and fables to be situated there. The stunning, highly romantic illustrations made by Brentano show a surrealistic touch; transferring them to the stone is generally attributed to Kaspar Braun and Maximilian Pernelle. Introduction dedicated to his dearest grandmother (i.e. Marianne von Willemer).- Scattered slight foxing and thumbing as usual, small piece cut off from upper margin of endpaper, otherwise a nice, uncut copy. - Goedeke VI, 62, 43; Brieger 242; Borst 1856; Rümann 130 and 2562; Wilpert/Gühring 26; Mallon 112; Kosch II, 17; Neufforge, p. 153 (Eines der schönsten Bücher der romantischen Schule). LITERATURE: GERMAN ; LITERATUR: FREMDSPRACHIGE

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