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Schmidt, Friedrich Wilhelm August. Gedichte von Friedrich Wilhelm August Schmidt. Mit Kupfern und Music. Berlin: Haude und Spener, 1797. 12mo (13.5 cm, 5.31"). Engr. t.-p., iv, 306 pp. (pp. 303–06 bound between 286 & 287); 15 plts. (5 col.). $550.00
Elegant little printing of these pieces from a poet known for focusing on the simple joys of rural life — and for being mocked for that by Goethe, who did acknowledge, however, that Schmidt showed genuine poetic merit. The minute but legible text is graced with => a copper-engraved title-page, 15 attractive copper-engraved plates, and two folding leaves of sheet music for settings of "An den Mond" and "Liebe," composed by Johann Friedrich Reichardt. In this copy, => five of the engravings are skillfully and subtly hand-colored, four of those having been excised and mounted (sans captions) back in the appropriate places.
This is the second edition, following the first printed by Spener in 1795; the text has been => completely reset, appearing here in roman type rather than the fraktur of the first edition.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
VD18 11236914 (for 1795 ed.). Contemporary tan paper–covered boards, spine with gilt-stamped title-label; cocked, rubbed overall, spine paper largely lost and label rubbed with lettering all but lost. Pastedowns with small adhered spots of blue paper, and title-page partially separated; most guard leaves present, some crumpled; mild to moderate foxing to pages. Worn condition notable; still => a production and a copy both appealing and worthwhile. (41588) Please RESHELVE This.
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