Berlin: Drei-Welten-Verlag, 1923. Limited editions. Softcover. Elephant Folios (16 x 11 3/4"). All issues 8pp. Original sewn cream handmade self wraps with black lettering and publisher's device on cover.
Series of poetry renderings edited by Justus Lichten with original etchings by Arno Nadel. The complete series consisted of 10 different print editions (Einzeldrucke).
1. Beethoven: Gedicht von Justus Lichten / with an original etching by Arno Nadel, signed by Nadel below etching and by Justus Lichten on colophon. 35/200. Includes musical score. First print of the Drei-Welten-Verlag. The poem expresses reverence for and desire to serve god, laments over suffering following the abandonment by god, the subsequent painful search for light and pure love, capable of healing human and god.
2. Jayadeva: Indische Liebeslieder / with an original etching by Arno Nadel, signed by Nadel below etching. 50/200. Second print of the Drei-Welten-Verlag with Indian Love Songs. The poems are about Kahda's longing, her grief, her jealousy, begging for forgivenes, a reunion, a morning of love, and Kahda talking to Krishna.
3. Hölderlin: Gedichte aus der Wahnsinnszeit / with an original etching, portrait of the poet, by Arno Nadel. 1/200 out of series and unsigned. Fourth print of the Drei-Welten-Verlag with poems from Hölderlin's time with spells of insanity, as stated in the subtitle. Contains Hölderlin's poems "Der Frühling," "Der Spaziergang," Eine Landschaft," "Der Winter," "Der Kirchhof," "Hälfte des Lebens," and "Höhere Menschheit."
4. Kalidasa: Der Winter / with an original etching, after a Chinese ink drawing, by Arno Nadel, signed by Nadel below etching. 30/200. Fifth print of the Drei-Welten-Verlag. The poem "The Winter" (Der Winter) was translated into German by Peter von Bohlen.
5. Eroica: Ein Gedicht von Justus Lichten / with an original etching by Arno Nadel, signed by Nadel below etching and by Lichten on colophon. 80/200. Includes musical score. Tenth print of the Drei-Welten Verlag. This poem by Justus Lichten is inspired by Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, which was premiered onthe 7th of April, 1805, in Vienna. The Drei-Welten publication includes an excerpt of the musical score. Beethoven had originally dedicated the symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte but withdrew his dedications when he found that Bonaparte had declared himself emperor. With that Beethoven re-titled the symphony, withdrawing its original title "Buonaparte" to replace it with "Sinfonia eroica."
Texts in German, Gothic scripts. Fourth print, Hölderlin, with small tear at top of paper strip reinforcing the spine (as issued). Sewing slightly loose and prints with minor age-toning. Prints in overall very good+ condition. vg+. Item #41182
Arno Nadel (1878-1943) was Jewish a poet, musician, and artist born in Vilnius, Lithuania. At the age of 17 he moved to Berlin and enrolled in the College for Science of Judaism (Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums). Nadel worked as an educator and choirmaster. He became the choir director of the Jewish community in Berlin supervising the music at all Berlin synagogues. Nadel published poetry, plays, and worked on an anthology of synagogue music which he finished in 1938 and intended to publish in seven volumes. Nadel died in the Auschwitz extermination camp in 1943.