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Catalogue of Antiquarian Books 1700-1900

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In our Catalogue this is Booknumber V74754

Author Anon [text], engravings after Franz Stöber [not named here]
Title DER MYTHOS ALTER DICHTER in sechzig bildlichen Darstellungen. Dritte umgeararbeitete Auflage.
PlacePub Wien (Vienna)
Publisher Mayer & Compagnie 3rd revised edition.
Date 1841
Illustrations Frontisplate + 59 other steel-engraved plates (lacking pl.50 Sisyphus) originally engraved on copper in 1815 by Franz Stöber (1795-1858).
Description Large octavo (24cm x 15.5cm) newer linen-spined boards with old paper relaid on covers and spine (has title but lacks original paper at spine head and foot). Unpaginated, but each numbered plate has tissue guard and facing leaf of text in German to explain each myth. Lacks plate 50 (maybe cut out by censor). Some foxing, and light marginal damp marks at gutter not touching engraved part of plates. *The steel-engraved images of gods, nymphs and heroes are quite small (9.5cm x 6.5cm), printed on strong paper at centre of each plate, but of very fine quality and detail. They are closely based on similarly numbered copperplate engravings by Franz Xaver Stöber, first published Vienna 1815 in similar large octavo format, but with completely different anonymous German text. The detail of these later steel engravings only differs from Stöber's original 1815 copperplates by covering up some female breasts, better to comply with 1840s more prudish moral code. They still retain the strongly erotic impression given by many of the originals, thus helping to maintain their popularity over more than 25 years.
Booknumber V74754
Price Price: GBP 40.00 or USD 52.00
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