Fabeln, Märchen, Legenden: Holzschnitte zu Äsop, Prophet Jona, Philipp Otto Runge

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Aesop
Hanstein, Henrik
Marcks, Gerhard
Marquardt, Hans
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1988
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Here is a West German edition of a book published a year earlier in East Germany. This edition, too, was printed in Leipzig. The book has a colorful history, as the colophon page near the end makes clear. A part of the fable edition apparently appeared first in 1941 in the Heimeran Verlag in Munich. I suspect that that edition is Hausrath's translation of the fables. The edition which this one is republishing was done by Verlag Philipp Reclam Jun. in 1987. Let me repeat some of my comments on that book. Tierfabeln des Äsop (1-49) forms one of the three segments of this book. The texts include both prose and verse and are apparently taken from Hausrath's Heimeran edition of 1940. An enclosed page of review speaks rightly of this book as ein kleines Juwel. It is very nicely produced. Marcks' woodcuts are simple, even primitive, stylized, and very pleasing. Several of the best show the wolf and the lamb separated by print on 18; the hawk who will devour both frog and mouse on 28 (the same design is repeated on the book's cover); and the fox trying to eat out of the stork's vase on 31. This is the kind of book at which the Germans do very well. At the end of the book, Marquardt pays tribute to Marcks (97).
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