Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Parzival. Wolfram von Eschenbach, Karl Simrock.
Parzival
Parzival
Parzival

Parzival

München: "Officina Serpentis" for the "Georg Verlag" (1920-21). Deluxe edition (Vorzugsausgabe). Hardcover. Sm. folio. One of 100 numbered copies of the deluxe edition printed on heavy "Zandersbütten" paper with handmade full vellum binding by Karl Ebert. Stamped golden border on front and rear board, gold lettering on spine. [2] pp. & 661 columns on 330 leaves & 1 numbered limitation page. Meticulously illustrated green and white initials throughout by Ansger Schoppmeyer. Parzival is a major medieval German romance by poet & knight Wolfram von Eschenbach. The 13th century poem centers on the Arthurian hero Parzival and his long quest for the Holy Grail. The work is loosely based on Chrétien de Troye's "Perceval, le Conte du Graal." Parzifal was the main source Richard Wagner used when writing the libretto to his opera, Parsifal. W. von Eschenbach himself appears as a character in another Wagner opera, Tannhäuser. Text of this edition transcribed by Karl Simrock. Parts of golden borders chipped, very minor foxing on front endpapers, otherwise binding and interior in exceptional condition. Inscribed by previous owner on front flyleaf, dated 11.4.33. (Includes original paper-covered card board slipcase, lacking top- and bottom edge, small hole on spine. Age wear and staining, slipcase in poor condition). Limitation page: "Georg Verlag zu München. Als ersten Druck der Legenden vom Oral stellte die Officina Serpentis auf ihren Handpressen Wolframs Parzival in der Zeit vom Juni 1920 bis August 1921 fertig. Karl Simrocks Übertragung, unter allen die getreueste, wurde zu Grunde gelegt. Satz von M. Hoffmann. Druck von E. D. und E. W. Tieffenbach. Initialen von Prof. A. Schoppmeyer. Die einmalige Auflage beträgt 313 Exemplare...Nr. 1 bis 100 auf schwerem Zandersbütten. Nr. 101 bis 300 auf feinstem Handpapier. Die Original-Handeinbände...sowie Nr. 1 bis 100 von Karl Ebert München. Dies Exemplar trägt die Nr. 70." Text in German, gothic script.

Among the most outstanding printings by the publisher and one of the most elaborate, spectacular editions of the medieval poem ever produced. Item #33617

Backe 51. - Rodenberg 120.

Price: $1,750.00

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