Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke. Rainer Maria Rilke.
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke

Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke

Berlin: Axel Juncker Verlag, 1906. First Edition Limited #186 of 300 copies. 12mo; (8), 26, (3)pp; color heraldic plate. Typography by Lucian Bernhard; printed at Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig. A Very Good copy (light soil and staining, extremity wear, contemporary previous owner name) in 1/2 vellum and grey laid paper-covered boards; spine titled in black. The final version of Rilke's poem, The Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke, was written in 1899 and first printed in the magazine "Deutsche Arbeit" (IV/1, 1904); on offer is the first appearance in book form. The poem recounts the adventures of Christopher Rilke, who travels with a company of soldiers and then, after a night in a castle with a lover, fights and dies in a war in Turkey and is mourned by an old woman. In 1905, whle taking a rest cure at the Weisser Hirsch near Dresden, Rilke became acquainted with Countess Luise von Schwerin, who invited him and his wife, Clara to her castle. During their visit, Rilke recited the Cornet to the Countess who then encouraged him to have it published in book form. Sadly, the Countess did not live to see its publication, she continues to be linked to the work through its dedication by Rilke to her daughter, Gudrun Rilke insisted that this deluxe limited edition have the antiquated and dignified appearance of an old chronicle, hence the family coat of arms, the thick paper and the old-fashioned Gothic typeface. When Insel-Verlag republished the Cornet in 1912 in a more popular format, the first edition sold out within weeks and took Germany by storm with its glorification of military life, which was exploited for patriotic purposes. By 1920 it had sold 200,000 copies (by the late ’50s it had sold over a million) and established the fame of the hitherto little-known poet. (Ritzer E 56. Von Mises 43). Item #21004

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