4to, ll. ; on silk, two wood-engraved vignettes; small dampstain to gutter at foot, else a very good copy, in rose-coloured silk, border of a floral roll with corner floral ornaments and outer double-fillet, all in silver-gilt (oxidised), central laurel wreath and bow ornament in silver (oxidised), lightly soiled, spine worn with some losses to silk, lower board with a few small stains and partially sunned.
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A luxurious and unusual production, both printed and bound in silk, a commemorative poem commissioned as a special birthday gift by King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia for his military adviser Friedrich Moritz Helmbrecht (1744-97).
A unique edition.
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First edition of each work. Hoffmann (1784–1874), self-ennobled ‘von Fallersleben’, was first librarian (1823) and then professor of German language and literature (1830) at the University of Breslau, before his dismissal in 1842 due to the politically sensitive content of the supposedly Unpolitischen Lieder, a collection of poems highlighting rottenness in contemporary German state and society. A second edition of vol. I, replacing 10 earlier poems with 10 new ones, appeared at the same time as vol. II.
GOR’KII, Maksim, pseud. [i.e. Aleksei Maksimovich Peshkov].
Starik. P’esa. [The old man. A play].
First edition, written 1915, but not premiered until New Year’s Day 1919.