8vo, pp. 199, ; with 8 photographic plates; wood-engraved illustrations in the text; a very good copy in the original printed stiff-paper wrappers, joints rubbed, spine slightly faded.
US $66 €56
First edition: the inclusion of two poems by Kolmar, ‘Die Gauklerin’ and ‘Die Entführte’ (pp. 93–6), represent the first appearance in Germany of any part of her major cycle, Weibliches Bildnis. Two other poems from the cycle, ‘Die Fahrende’ and ‘Die Beterin’, had been published in Zurich in the Neue Schweizer Rundschau in 1929, but the majority did not appear in print until 1938.
Gertrud Kolmar (1894–1943), a cousin of Walter Benjamin and ‘a poet of considerable power’ (Garland), published three volumes of poetry in her lifetime: Gedichte, 1917; Preussische Wappen, 1934; and Die Frau und die Tiere, 1938; all are extremely rare. Her work was banned by the Nazis, and she was arrested in 1943 and died in Auschwitz. A collected edition (Das lyrische Werk) was published in 1955.
See John Bormanis, ‘1932: Gertrud Kolmar completes her poetry cycle Weibliches Bildnis and thus reshapes her identity as a Jewish woman poet’, Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture, 1997, pp. 492–498.
You may also be interested in...
Krai ottsov [Land of the fathers].
First edition: a collection of poems.
BAL’MONT, Konstantin Dmitrievich, translator.
Sochineniia Shelli... Vypusk 7-i, Chenchi, tragediia, 1819 [The Works of Shelley... Part 7, The Cenci, a tragedy, 1819].
First edition of Balmont’s translation of Shelley’s The Cenci, volume 7 of his verse translation of the complete works of Shelley into Russian. Balmont was a polyglot, having studied some forty languages, but he admired English above all and in addition to Shelley he translated nearly all of Whitman and Poe, as well as works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Blake, Coleridge, Byron, Tennyson, Swinburne, and Wilde. ‘...So complete was Balmont’s immersion in the watercolor fluidity of the English language, that he may paradoxically be considered an English poet writing in Russian’ (Terras).