first edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Slipcase with paper pastedown.
1912 · Wien
Wien: Bruder Rosenbaum, 1912. First edition. Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Slipcase with paper pastedown. . Very Good. 12mo. 14 by 9 cm. 83,  pp. 17 pages of photos (and one photo of a painting) of actors in Lessing plays. A few other illustrations of scenes from his plays. Otherwise, the text is primarily apercus from contemporary writers -- writers alive in 1912 -- about Lessing. Among these writers are Arthur Schnitzler, or the journalist, Maximilian Harden (the center of the most serious scandal to hit Wilhemine Germany). The booklet has a velvety paper pastedown with a fetching blue and white mostly geometric pattern featuring a repeat of horizontal heart-shapes. Also in the slipcase is the actual dance card, done on actual heavy card, with 20 dances listed between its front and back. The slipcase has a field of gilt floral surrounding a portrait of Lessing. Condition: the booklet is in fine condition, as is the dance card proper. The slipcase has a moderate amount of wear and soiling, but remains attractive.
(Inventory #: 006768)