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TILL EULENSPIEGEL
Ein kurzweilig Lesen von Dyl Ulenspiegel, geboren aus dem Lande zu Braunschweig. Wie er sein Leben vollbracht hat. xcvi seiner Geschichten."t
Insel Verlag, Leipzig, 1911. Illustrated throughout with woodcut vignettes and decorated initials. 130 leaves & 40 pages afterword by Edward Schroeder. 8vo, publisher's original brown pictorial boards with vellum spine. Leipzig: Insel Verlag & Munich: F. Bruckmann, [1911]. Limited edition - number 116 of 300 copies (400 total). A near fine copy of this scarce book. A facsimile edition of the only preserved 1515 original copy in the British Museum, London. "Eulenspiegel is a native of Brunswick whose picaresque career takes him to many places throughout the Holy Roman Empire. He plays practical jokes on his contemporaries, especially scatological in nature, exposing vices at every turn. His life is set in the first half of the 14th century, and the final chapters of the chapbook describe his death from the plague of 1350. His name translates to "owl mirror", and the frontispiece of the 1515 chapbook, as well as his alleged tombstone in Mölln, Schleswig-Holstein, display the name in rebus writing, by an owl and a hand mirror. There is a suggestion that the name is in fact a veiled pun on a Low German phrase translating to "wipe-arse". --Wikipedia; Sarkowski 1069 & 432; Lang 225; Jentsch 100 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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