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1 Correspondence among Lothar-Gunther Buchheim and his German and American publishers relating to the publication of his modern classic, "Das Boot", including 23 letters signed by Buchheim, a few of which are also handwritten, and additional documents such as contracts, etc.
1973 - 1979 NA Very Good 
This is essentially a small archive of documents and correspondence by and between Piper, Alfred Knopf and the author. In his letters Buchheim reveals himself to be a bit of a prima donna, with no demand too trivial to warrant his attention, and reading between the lines, one can sense that the publishers felt they had their hands full just managing him. One bone of contention raised by Buchheim was the quality of the American translation compared to that of the English translation. It might surprise many that the American and the English publishers would not have joined forces to hire a single translator, but it becomes apparent in the correspondence that the two publishers had quite different views of the novel, with Knopf defending itself from Buchheim's charges of having done an inferior translation by arguing that it went for a more high-toned literary approach to the novel over the presumably more genre novel view of Collins, the London-based publisher, and backing its choice with its superior sales results over Collins. The individuals party to the correspondence, besides Buchheim, were a few of the more illustrious figures in American publishing at the time, including his agent Joan Daves, and at Knopf, Carol Brown Janeway and Robert Gottlieb. 
Price: 4500.00 USD
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Das Grosse Leben Christi, oder Ausfuhrliche/Andachtige/Bewegliche und ganz vollkommene Beschreibung des Allerheiligsten Lebens und bittern Lendens Unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, und seiner Glorwurdigsten Liebsten Mutter Maria, usw.  [Zusammen mit] Nutzlicher Dusatz zu dem Leben Christi, von denen Vier letzen Dingen:  Nemlich von dem Tod, Gericht, Holl, und Himmelreich.
2 Das Grosse Leben Christi, oder Ausfuhrliche/Andachtige/Bewegliche und ganz vollkommene Beschreibung des Allerheiligsten Lebens und bittern Lendens Unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, und seiner Glorwurdigsten Liebsten Mutter Maria, usw. [Zusammen mit] Nutzlicher Dusatz zu dem Leben Christi, von denen Vier letzen Dingen: Nemlich von dem Tod, Gericht, Holl, und Himmelreich.
Mainz and Frankfurt Johann Hoffners 1746 Full Calf Good 
740, 216 pp. With 77 copper plate engravings and a portion (about 25 percent) of a map of Jerusalem, showing the walls of the ancient city, Pilate's palace, the Garden of Gethsemane, etc. Two books bound together. The book is printed in a variety of differing type fonts which differentiate such things as the prayers for feast days from the narrative of Christ's life and lives of those in his circle. Full Brown calf with raised bands at spine and remnants of straps and clasps over real wooden boards. Boards professionally repaired. Leather heavily scuffed and rubbed, with considerable dryness, yet nonetheless fitting in this condition for work at hand. Early pages have margin losses. Heavily toned elsewhere, along with at times heavy soilage and wear. Overall still good. In a specially made slipcase with hand-made paper skin. (Slipcase doesn't cover all of boards, and this was deliberate choice because spine is thicker than opposite edge of volume.) The book is 8.5 by 7 inches and 3.5 inches thick. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Der Deutsche Jager:  Illustrirte Suddeutsche Jagdzeitung: Offizielles Organ Der pfalzisch-Bayerischen jagdschutz-Verein
3 Der Deutsche Jager: Illustrirte Suddeutsche Jagdzeitung: Offizielles Organ Der pfalzisch-Bayerischen jagdschutz-Verein
Munich Eduard Pohl's Verlag 1889 Cloth Very Good 
Folio - over 12. Book. 1889 and 1890 runs of this hunting/sporting periodical. 239 + 249 pp. With Index. Profusely illustrated, with many interesting advertisements of hunting and outdoor gear. Tight binding, clean, toned pages. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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Der Waidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde:  Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
4 Der Waidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde: Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
Blasewitz-Dresden Verlag Von Paul Wolff 1883 First Edition Half Calf Very Good 
Elephant Folio - over 15. Book. April 1881 to August 1883. 14th Band (year). 436 pp., binding together monthly issues of hunting/shooting/fishing/ sporting magazine of late nineteenth century. Besides articles, rich in ads for hunting and outdoor gear. Tight, clean, toned. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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Der Weidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde:  Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
5 Der Weidmann. Blatter Fur Jager Und Jagdfreunde: Erste Illustrirte Deutsche Jagdzeitung . . .
Blasewitz-Dresden Verlag Von Paul Wolff 1889 First Edition Half Calf Very Good 
Elephant Folio - over 15. Book. 456 + 114 pp., binding together 12 monthly issues of hunting/shooting/fishing/ sporting magazine of late nineteenth century. With index. Besides articles, rich in ads for hunting and outdoor gear. Spine starting, and joint rubbed. Otherwise, tight, clean, toned. 
Price: 225.00 USD
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6 Die Gartenlaube: Illustrirtes Familienblatt: 1860
Leipzig Ernst Keil 1860 First Edition Hardcover Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. 832 pp Marbled boards and spine with wear, especially on spine, where marbled paper has peeled away. Front hinge broken but front board holding. Some cocking to binding. Text block solid. Pages quite age toned and fair amount of light soilage throughout, but not disconcerting. A good copy of this German general interest publication that had articles about decorative arts, arts, nature, medicine, biogrpahies, stories and poems, and was profusely illustrated. With index for everything to be issued during the year -- this is a full year bound together. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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7 Die Kunst Fur Alle 1913 - 1914
Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. No title page. 480 pp. Profusely illustrated, many color plates as well. Articles on Moreau, Van Gogh, Munich sculpture, Julius Diez, Secessionists (a movement concurrent with publication), miniatures, Wilhelm Liebl, H. Hahn, Alfred von Keller, and many others. It covered art from everywhere, with some emphasis on Teutonic, or German, artists. Half calf over yellow boards. Some soilage to boards. Pages clean. Binding tight. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
8 Nackte Tatsachen! [Naked Facts]
Brochure Good 
Nazi era light humorous erotica. N.d., circa 1940. 16 pp. including wraps. Dating is based in part on the Sutterlin Schrift which appears on the final page, along with the quote, "Pflegt die Autos gut im Kriege! Gute Fahrt nun bis zum Siege!" A narrative poem about a contemporary Adam and Eve, not unlike Lib Abner and Daisy Mae, here innocents in the buff trying to deal with the challenges of the automobile. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. Lower corner creased. Typical closed tear along folds. 
Price: 275.00 USD
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Unsere Lieblingstiere Ein Bilderbuch mit acht feinen Farbdruckbildern und vielen mit schwarzen Bildern illustrierten Versen
9 Unsere Lieblingstiere Ein Bilderbuch mit acht feinen Farbdruckbildern und vielen mit schwarzen Bildern illustrierten Versen
Esslingen bei Stuttgart J. F. Schreiber Paper pastedowns on boards Fair 
N.d., circa 1880s. Oblong, 11.5 by 8.75 inches, 29 by 22 cm. With eight delightful bright chromolithographs depicting horses, chickens, cats, storks, dogs, ducks, cows and pigeons, with parrots on the front board. Most facing pages feature verse, in German, along with line drawings of animals and children interacting with them. Scarce juvenile title, with only copy found on Worldcat a mid-20th century probable reprint, and not in Wegehaupt, Alte deutsche Kinderbuecher. The leaves are of a heavy card -- they are in essence all boards. Disbound, with later tabs not holding, and otiose rebacking. Some soiling of margins and also the paper pastedown front and rear boards. The upper right corner is a little chewed on a few of the boards, not coming close to the images, and there are a few additional minor chips along the edges. Basically, a collection of great plates, but also no loss to the original book's content. 
Price: 165.00 USD
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Die Prinzessin Und Der Schweinhirt, Andersen, Hans Christian
10 Andersen, Hans Christian Die Prinzessin Und Der Schweinhirt
Wien (Vienna) Gesellschaft Fur Vervielfaltigende Kunst 1897 First Edition Portfolio Very Good Lefler, Heinrich 
Folio. Book. Frontispiece in color, title leaf and 12 numbered color plates illustrated by Heinrich Lefler with gilt or silver highlights. In cream cloth portfolio with blind-embossed pictorial cover highlighted in gold with printed pictorial olive green wrappers. Some light soiling, corners and wrappers worn. Overall still very good copy of tour-de-force Jugendstil or Vienna Secessionist (Wiener Werkstatte) book. Probably Lefler's very first book illustrations! 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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German Folk Art Manuscript Breviary, Anton (?)
11 Anton (?) German Folk Art Manuscript Breviary
1829 
A breviary, or devotional book, done entirely by hand, filled with simple, or naive, vignettes exemplifying the folk art traditions of rural Germany -- also known as "Fraktur" -- in the early nineteenth century. The cursive script is done by a steady, painstakingly meticulous hand, and thus attains the fluidity and regularity of calligraphy, although the shape of some letters is unlike more modern script and thus reading the text will be a challenge to many readers nowadays. The artlessness of the art is much of the appeal, but one would be wrong to think of the author/compiler as a mere bumpkin. The mere act of composing such a prayer aid would distinguish him from most of the population at a time when illiteracy was still rife. He also paginated his manuscript. There are 102 pages, each a compact 14 by 9 cm, or 5.5 by 3.5 inches. The manuscript ends with a most charming touch -- a flap that one pulls away from a wreath, and a cameo portrait, possibly of the author, above. The flap appears to have the author's name, Anton, and a surname which oddly can not be made out because the letters are alien to us. 
Price: 850.00 USD
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Tyrol and the Tyrolese:  The People and the Land, in Their Social, Sporting and Mountaineering Aspects, Baillie Grohmann, W. A.
12 Baillie Grohmann, W. A. Tyrol and the Tyrolese: The People and the Land, in Their Social, Sporting and Mountaineering Aspects
London Longmans, Green and Co. 1877 Second Edition Full-Leather Very Good 
8vo - over 7. Book. Full morocco, with school prize gilt stamp on front board (very attractive) and paste down recording prize in ffep. VG. Some fading to spine decoration. Slight weat to edge of spine. xx + 278 pp., with illustrations, 13 in all, depicting chamois home, dancing, woodcutter's hovel, haying on steep incline, etc. Baillie Grohmann was a famous hunter, shooter, sportsman and Alpine enthusiast of his day, and in a number of works he interpreted and described Austrian and Tyrolean culture to the English speaking world. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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13 Bassermann, Dieter; Hilde Wildmann, illustrator Pierrot Dandy und Der Mond. Ein Bilderbuch Mit Zeichnungen von Hilde Widmann
Berlin Axel Juncker Verlag 1918 First Edition Half Morocco over Marbled Board Very Good 
An Art Deco charmer! Limited edition, No. 186 of 300. Small 4to. 44 pp. With six hand-colored mounted plates. Verses in German accompany the charming illustrations of Pierrot. Half morocco over marbled boards. Leather rubbed, especially along spine. Tight and clean otherwise. 
Price: 195.00 USD
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14 Bastian, R. Wo Schwatze mia. Spruche aus meiner Lothringischen Heimat So schwatze mir dahemm
Merlenbach Lehrerbildungsanstalt Metz-Montenich 1943 Folio Folder Near Fine 
Dialect humor with colorful vignette illustrations from Nazi Era Germany. Sixteen loose leaves on card, with original drawings and humorous text, written in dialect and with German Fraktur Gothic type. The loose leaves, all of card, are housed in a modern green cloth folio folder with title, etc. imprinted on front in gilt. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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Illustrierte Geschichte Des Kunstgewerbes (2 Vols), Vol 1:  Im Altertum, Im Mittelalter and Zur Zeit Der Renaissance, Vol 2  Im Barock, Rokoko, Louis XVI, Empire Und Neuester Zeit, Im Gebiete Des Islams Und in Ostasien, Behncke, W., O. Von Falke, E. Pernice and G. Swarzenski (Vol 1); E. W. Braun, M. Dreger and J. Folnesics, O. Kummel, G. Lehnert (Vol 2)
15 Behncke, W., O. Von Falke, E. Pernice and G. Swarzenski (Vol 1); E. W. Braun, M. Dreger and J. Folnesics, O. Kummel, G. Lehnert (Vol 2) Illustrierte Geschichte Des Kunstgewerbes (2 Vols), Vol 1: Im Altertum, Im Mittelalter and Zur Zeit Der Renaissance, Vol 2 Im Barock, Rokoko, Louis XVI, Empire Und Neuester Zeit, Im Gebiete Des Islams Und in Ostasien
Berlin Verlag Von Martin Oldenbourg 1907 First Edition Hardcover Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. N.d. Circa 1907. Ambitious German survey on all the decorative arts and interior design from leading experts on the subject from the early twentieth century. Some emphasis on the business aspect, or the trade of, these various media. Profusely illustrated with full page plates, a good many in color, most photographs, some chromolithography, and many text illustrations and photographs. A great part of this survey's achievement is its synthesis of these disparate forms of the decorative arts, and it brings to everything a scholarly discipline that was still novel at the time of publication. Both volumes are tight internally and clean, with age toning to the pages. Decorated full vellum has some soilage and wear. Vol 1 has some starting at lower front board and perhaps a little shake. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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16 Burckhardt, Jakob Die Kultur Der Renaissance in Italien
Leipzig Alfred Kroner Verlag 1926 Hardcover Very Good 
Book. 4to - over 9. This is the 15th edition but the first edition thus, it appears on verso to title page. 568 pp. with profuse illustration (234 in all), color frontis, 3 other color illustrations, fold-out plates of Renaissance Florence and Venice, extensive notes and index. Art selected and editing by Johannes Jahn. This is a beautiful production of the seminal work on the Renaissance. Burckhardt's became the standard synthesis of the nineteenth century and our own understanding of the period, its society and most importantly, its artwork, and this was his greatest work. Some edgewear and rubbing to the binding. Binding is tight. Pages clean. Comes with promotional brochureText in German. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Burckhardt, Jakob; Jakob Oeri, Ed. Griechische Kulturgeschichte (Vols 1 and 2)
Berlin and Stuttgart Verlag Von M. Spemann 1898 Decorated Cloth Good 
8vo - over 7. Book. Only 2 vols of 4. ix + 370 + 443 pp. Work by one of the great historians of the nineteenth century. Light soilage on boards of both volumes. Vol 2 front hinge starting. Some bowing to the boards. Generally clean, toned inside. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Sinnreiche Werke und Gedichte, Aus dem Niederlandischen ubersetzt (Six parts in three volumes), Cats, Jacob
18 Cats, Jacob Sinnreiche Werke und Gedichte, Aus dem Niederlandischen ubersetzt (Six parts in three volumes)
Hamburg Thomas von Wierings 1710 - 1714 Full Vellum Very Good 
An emblem book from a Dutch master! 8vo. Abundantly illustrated, with 39 engraved plates, eight of which are folding and 168 text engravings. The set includes Cats' most famous and beloved works, some of which became deeply etched into the national consciousness, including "Sinn und Liebes=Bildern", "Josephs Selbst Streit", Der Mannlichen Achtbarkeit", "Heuraht", "Galathea", "Spiegel der alten und neuen Zeit", "Frau=Ring" containing "Der Welt Anfang/Mittel und Ende", "Alterthum/Land und Garten=Leben", "Aspasia", Primarily in German, with some Latin. Some soiling to the contemporary vellum, which nonetheless is bright and attractive. A few trivial closed tears, and minor cracking to the spine(s). All volumes tight and generally clean. 
Price: 3750.00 USD
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The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Illustrated with Twenty-Three Curious Engravings, from The Baron's Own Designs, and Five Woodcuts, Cruikshank, George, illustrator.  Originally written by Rudolf Erich Raspe
19 Cruikshank, George, illustrator. Originally written by Rudolf Erich Raspe The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen. Illustrated with Twenty-Three Curious Engravings, from The Baron's Own Designs, and Five Woodcuts
London William Tegg 1869 Cloth Fine 
8vo, 268 pp. With 23 hand-colored plates and five vignette woodcuts in the text by Cruikshank, who ably captures the fanciful outlandishness of the ever popular tall tale narrative, which owes not a little to "Orlando Furioso". Rebound in modern cloth in a mid-Victorian style. Original cloth spine and front cover bound in. Clean and tight. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Die Berghausler:  Eine Tirolergeschichte Fur Die Jugend, Dalmer, Helene
20 Dalmer, Helene Die Berghausler: Eine Tirolergeschichte Fur Die Jugend
Stuttgart Suddeutsches Verlags - Institut 1897 Hardcover Good Fritz Bergen 
Book. 8vo - over 7. 188 pp. With four chromolithographic plate illustrations in text, and one on cover. Presume this is full count of five, but possible one missing. Pages very toned. Wear and soilage to spine and corners. Closed tear along hinge edge of title page. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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