Folio, pp. viii, 356 (of which pp. 312-3 contain Erstes Leid), with mounted colour and black-and-white illustrations, and containing the ‘Bemerkungen und Berichtigungen’ half-sheet following the text, which Dietz notes is present only in copies of the wrappers issue; a few small repairs; a very good copy in the original printed wrappers, slightly worn and discoloured.
US $468 €396
The first appearance in print of ‘Erstes Leid’, which was later published in the collection Ein Hungerkünstler.
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