Six vols, small 8vo, some spotting throughout; with neat ownership note ‘Charlotte Gysi’ on inside cover of each volume; an attractive set in the original publisher’s paper wrappers, a different colour for each volume, lettering printed in gilt on front covers within gilt border, gilt lines on spines; faint stain on upper cover of first volume, some fading to spines, but generally in very fresh condition; in a folding cloth box.
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Die Weisheit des Brahmanen, ein Lehrgedicht in Bruchstücken. Erstes [– Sechstes] Bändchen.
First edition of one of the most important poetical works by Rückert, here in the publisher’s attractive original paper wrappers. Rückert’s large output of poetry inspired many composers, among them Schubert (‘Du bist die Ruh’), Schumann (‘Widmung’), and Mahler (‘Kindertotenlieder’ and ‘Rückert-Lieder’). The Wisdom of the Brahmin consists of a large number of poems of varying length, of from 2 to 72 distichs, arranged in 12 books or Stufen.
Goedeke VIII, 165, 116; Wilpert/Gühring 14.
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