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CRUIKSHANK, George, Illustrator; Friedrich Heinrich Karl Lamotte Fouqué.

Peter Schlemihl.

From the German.

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London, G. and W. B. Whittaker, Ave Maria Lane, 1824

Rare in original boards.

In keeping with the subject matter, these are some of Cruikshank's more sinister illustrations; the frontispiece, for example, depicts the devil himself unpeeling the protagonist's shadow from the sole of his shoes. These illustrations are beautifully preserved.

Translated into English for the first time, by John Bowring, using a German text by Friedrich Heinrich Karl Lamotte Fouqué. The original story of Peter Schlemihl, a man who sells his soul to the devil, was written by Adelbert von Chamisso (1781 – 1838) and published in 1814. The work went on to occupy a significant space in the cultural imagination of several nations, with Schlemihl himself, or characters who suffer a similar fate, featuring in the works of E. T. A. Hoffman, Hans Christian Andersen, Oscar Wilde and more.



First edition, third issue (without hyphen in Ave Maria in imprint). 12mo. Half-title, etched frontispiece, title, xii, 166 pp. with 7 full-page etchings, 2 pp. ads at rear; one plate loose, small tears and discolouration to edges, no damage to text or etchings. Uncut in original pink paper boards, printed paper label to spine, preserved in custom red cloth solander box; joints cracked but firm, worn, a rare survival.


Cohn 475.

Stock ID:95965

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