Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1921. Later edition (201. bis 230. Tausend). Hardcover. Small 8vo. 31pp. Contemporary green leather wrappers with gold bordering. This is the rare leather bound edition whereby the pages are printed on thick cotton rack paper. It is a special edition, referred to in German as "Vorzugsausgabe". Wonderful work of prose, written by the acclaimed Germanic poet Rainer Maria Rilke (see below). Minor scuffing, rubbing to wrappers, browning to endpapers. Text pages are clean and clear. In German, written in Gothic script. In overall good condition. g. Item #16376
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926) is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century poet. His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets. He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland.