“ America you have it better ,
than our Continent the old ”
( Goethe )
In the New World in 489 copies
on vellum …
and thus truly worthy of
“ this greatest newer lyricist of England ”,
whose timeless poetry Shelley praised
in his dolorous bewailing of the dead Adonais
on occasion of the early burial by the Cestius pyramid
John Keats. Unpublished Poem To His Sister Fanny, April 1818. Manuscript facsimile with typographic transcription. Introduction by Charles C. Hurd. Boston, The Bibliophile Society, 1909. Small 4to. 22 (recte 20) pp. incl. etched title and imprint. Orig. half vellum with gilt back title. Uncut.
First edition . – One of 489 copies on vellum
published exclusively for the members of the Boston Bibliophile Society
which had bought the manuscript as a present for William K. Birby shortly before.
Printed on double leaves, the pagination of which is confused: Imprint, title, and facsimile numbered inclusive, the other text exclusive of white pages. The facsimile leaves incorrectly bound at the end. – The etched title with the portrait medallions of Keats and Fanny and rich ornamentation. The imprint finely composed with the device of the Society, allegories of a bibliophile, and the imprint proper itself.
Extraordinary bibliophile item
worthy of this “gretest newer lyricist of England” (Laaths), who was praised by Shelly in his grieved dirge at the early burial by the Cestius Pyramid in Rome.
“ A sheet of a poem of Keats’s remains in so far nothing but a poor sheet of paper, in so far not already the simple calling of this name calls up awesome memory of holy beautiful verses we have read by him and which are so real and present to our soul … ”
(Stefan Zweig on occasion of a Keats autograph).
Binding a little loosed and minimally unfresh. The etchings waved by print, otherwise absolutely fresh. – Irrespective of its for continental standards extremely high vellum edition practically not to be found on the market.
Offer no. 13,091 / EUR 998. / export price EUR 948. (c. US$ 1146.) + shipping
… and at the same time in Old Europe
in just 2 copies
and on just parchment-like paper, not “on parchment” à la imprint:
The Baron’s No. I
( from the Austrian Rothschild Line )
of the only two Roman numbered Copies
Ridinger – von Gutmann – Schwarz, Ign(az). Katalog einer Ridinger-Sammlung (Catalogue of the Ridinger Collection of Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann.). 2 vols. Vienna, author’s edition, 1910. 4to. XX, 210; XI, 169 pp. With (within the text put on over those which were already printed along with the text as generally for the Arabic numbered copies)
numerous mounted illustrations
118 mounted plates ,
6 of which in colours + 1 double full-paged .
Finely richly gilt orig. calf-vellum on 5 ribs with two dark red back-plates and equal floral ornaments with gilt lines in the free fields, even
gilt capital ribbons ,
twofold double line floral corner pieces at the inner and rosette in the outer square resp., all in gold, the
gilt stamped supralibros of Baron von Gutmann
along with device
“ Semper Progrediens ”
on all four covers ! ,
marbled fly-leaves à la Pompadour parts of Gutmann’s legendary Marjoribanks Folios as passed through here, too, in marbled orig. slipcases lined with Moiré. Gilt edges.
The inaccessibly elitist
no. I / II copies
in adequate vellum volumes of beguilingly understated elegance ,
accompanied by a unique pedigree, the covering letter of 6th September 1951, with which the antiquarian bookseller Robert Alder in Bern sends the copy on behalf of Mr. von Gutmann to Mrs. Dr. Waeckerlin in Zurich.
Printed as manuscript in only 202 copies, 200 of which numbered Arabic with the illustrations printed together with the text and only bound in interim wrappers. The two Roman numbered printed on parchment-like paper only, thus not “on parchment” according to the imprint. Accessed by 6 (!) indices, this private edition is the noblest curtsey of literature to the master’s œuvre and
with the No. I of just two
a bibliophile ne plus ultra
dedicated by Rudolf R. von Gutmann “ in loyalty to (his) mother ”.
Slipcases minimally rubbed, the backs of the volumes themselves faded to a fine white, apart from that
shining in almost impeccable , untouched freshness .
Rudolf (1880-1966) was the 2nd son of Wilhelm Baron von Gutmann and his wife Ida, née baroness von Wodianer, whose sister Rose Anna on her part was married to Jules Porgès, one of the legendary African diamond randlords. Together with his elder brother Max they were heirs of the immense industrious and commercial assets, partly going back to the Austrian Rothschild line. Later he went to Vancouver. “About as far away from Hitler as only ever possible” (H. P. Kraus).
A part of all this intellectual and economic brightness then, it may be repeated, the present
no. I as the formerly personal copy of the baron
in vellum .
with the contrary to the ordinary edition obviouslymannually selected mounted illustrations. By this, however, an absolute édition de luxe for the showcase. In the togetherness with a simple one for everyday, for the immensly delightful occupation in and with the collection.
Offer no. 28,886 / price on application
… and this relation of forces persists ,
if staunch Old-Europeans like it or not .
“ Thank you so much for that comprehensive background to the above titled (Brierly) print which has intrigued me … ”
(Mr. R. H., July 12, 2014)