THE LAY OF THE LOVE AND DEATH OF CORNET CHRISTOPH RILKE.

San Francisco: Arion Press, 1983. First edition thus, an illustrated limited issue. Translated and with an explanatory note by Stephen Mitchell, illustrated by Warren Chappell. One of 300 for sale of a full edition of 315, original wrappings, prospectus. Illustrated with 29 two-color drawings by Chappell. Printed letterpress. This prose-poem was written during a single night in 1912 when Rilke was twenty-three. It took Germany by storm and over a million copies were sold. For this bilingual edition the Arion Press commissioned a new translation from Stephen Mitchell. The type for the translation, Trajanus, was designed by Chappell, who studied with Rudolf Koch, designer of the black-letter types used for the Þrst Insel Verlag edition and Arion's German text. Format: 12 by 9-1/2 inches, 72 pages. The types are handset Chapepell’s Trajanus for the English text and, for the German text, Wilhelm Klingspor Schrift, with Trajanus and Zierschrift red initials. The illustrations are two-color wood engravings by Chappell and were printed from photo-engravings. Black, red, and brown inks throughout. The paper is T. H. Saunders mouldmade paper from England. The binding is full brown cloth over boards, with titling paper labels on front cover and spine, as issued. Arion Press’ publication no. 12. New. In original mailing/shipping box.
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Price: $350.00

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