(London: Trübner and Co., Nattali and Bond, 1860). 252 x 170 mm. (9 7/8 x 6 5/8"). vi, , 226 pp.Translated by Thomas James Arnold. Third printing of the First Edition in English, and the first with these illustrations.
ELEGANT DARK GREEN CRUSHED MOROCCO, GILT, BY TOUT (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with large, eight-lobed central panel framed by gilt rules and decorative scalloping, wonderfully complex cornerpieces with a profusion of flowers emanating from a basket, over which a small bird hovers, raised bands, spine intricately gilt in compartments with a mirrored design, gilt tiling, turn-ins framed in gilt, with floral designs at corners and on sides, deep burgundy endpapers with gilt floral pattern, all edges gilt. Extra engraved title page with pictorial frame, illustrations in the text based on the designs of Wilhelm von Kaulbach, and EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED WITH 37 ENGRAVINGS by Heinrich Leutemann from the 1855 edition published by A. H. Payne in Leipzig. Spine uniformly sunned to light tan (as almost always with green morocco), a touch of rubbing to extremities, covers with faint traces of leather preservative, one plate and half a dozen leaves with mild foxing, other trivial imperfections, but an extremely attractive copy--clean and fresh internally, the plates bright, and the binding shining with gilt.
This is a charming edition of Goethe's retelling of the adventures of Reynard the Fox, pleasingly bound and with two full sets of exemplary illustrations designed by two different German artists. Germany's greatest modern literary figure and one of the major figures in the Romantic movement, Goethe (1749-1832) had an influence that extended far beyond his native land. He was responsible for bringing essentially new literary types represented by such words as "Sturm and Drang" and "Bildungsroman" onto the landscape of criticism. Adapted from a Medieval version, his "Reinecke Fuchs" was an epic in hexameters first printed in 1794 that did not appear in English until 1855. Called by DNB "a man of great culture and accomplishments," our translator, Thomas James Arnold (1804? - 77) was both a barrister and man of letters best known for this "very creditable" book. Our 1860 printing of this translation includes for the first time engravings after Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805-75), illustrations that appeared originally in the German edition of 1846. Kaulbach had already won considerable praise for his paintings and murals, but his "Reinecke Fuchs" earned him even wider acclaim. Added to this volume for increased aesthetic appeal is another set of engravings, designed by book illustrator Heinrich Leutemann (1824-1905), who also designed images for actual zoological books. The handsome binding is a credit to the Tout workshop, which turned out consistently fine work and was especially notable for its elaborate gilt tooling. (ST15802)