Folio, pp. 32 + colophon, printed in red and black, with a large engraved initial and engraved vignette at end; a very good, fresh copy in the original half leather, marbled boards, spine lettered gilt, top edges gilt, some minor rubbing, inner hinges strengthened.
US $467 €397
One of 250 numbered copies. First separate edition of Hofmannsthal’s ‘Dialogue about poems’, which was originally published in 1904 in Unterhaltung über literarische Gegenstände under the title ‘Über Gedichte’.
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