More booky goodness from Nick’s collection! This time three German titles with interesting cover papers and neat tipped-in titles. If the internet translation tools are correct, this first one is entitled “Curriculum Vitae of St. Wonnebald Pück”, a light-hearted satire apparently…
Originally published in 1905, this edition is dated 1953 and is printed in the traditional heavy fraktur blackletter, with an insert promoting other titles in roman.
The second is entitled “Mozart on the Way to Prague” and appears to have been in print since it was first published in 1855. There is no date in this book so I would assume this too is from the 1950’s.
The type is a lighter fraktur, and much more elegant to my non-germanic eyes.
The last, in its elegant muted green cover is entitled “The Meadow Book” and appears to be some sort of philosophical musings upon nature…
The title also notes ‘with 16 scissor-cuts by the author’ which are these beautiful silhouettes of meadow herbs:
Two of these books are marked with the name of William Forward of Berlin. I love the evidence of past ownership in books.
And as I mentioned at the start, each cover has a separate title frame stuck to the front. Nice.
Thanks Nick – I’m sure you’ll find more gems as you sort through your collection!
The paper cut illustrations are particularly lovely.