Jacket worn; some tears reinforced with tape and paper. Brown cloth boards show minor wear; FEP a little discoloured; contents otherwise clean and sound throughout. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: Tales from the Unknown
Verlag: W.H. Allen
Zustand: Very Good
Auflage: First Edition.
Buchbeschreibung Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, Kansas City, 2009. Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. Paperback in very good condition. HCW. Used. Artikel-Nr. 449812
Buchbeschreibung In Commission der Buchnerschen Handlung, Frankfurt und Leipzig, 1754. Small octavo (16.8 × 10 cm). Later (late nineteenth-century) half parchment with hand-written title to spine; marbled boards; , 78 pp. Few old stains to gutter and some toning; else very good. First and only edition of this anonymously published German erotic novel, which contains possibly the earliest literary depiction of the "dumb blond" stereotype. It precedes the depiction in a 1775 satirical play of Rosalie Duthé (1748-1830), a Parisian courtesan typically cited as the first recorded "stereotypical blonde" in modern history (see, for instance, Joanna Pitman, On Blondes, 2003). The novel's protagonist, Aquilius, a young lawyer from Hamburg, meets Hedwig, a striking beauty, "the most beautiful among blondes," who captivates him immensely. Although he initially mistakes her silence for exhaustion or reticence, Aquilius soon discovers that Hedwig is unable to engage in any sensible conversation and explaims: "the head is beautiful, but it contains no brain" ("Der Kopf ist schön, nur fehlt das Gehirn," p. 43). The novel contains numerous other misogynistic depictions of the many women Aquilius encounters, nearly all of which are depicted as taking advantage of the noble-minded and polite young jurist. Finally, driven into desperation, Aquilius agrees to marry the widow of a lawyer, who drives him to suicide by her controlling and demeaning behavior. Ronald Dietrich cites the text as a particularly interesting case combining the literary theme of the naive scholar with prejudice toward women: "Den Höhepunkt misogyner Darstellung im Zusammenhang mit dem Gelehrten stellt möglicherweise Talinus' 1754 erschienene und bereits im Titel aufschlußreiche Schrift . dar. Hier stößt man nicht von ungefähr auf die vielleicht erste Blondine der Literatur" (Dietrich, Der Gelehrte in der Literatur, p. 184). With the bookplate of the Dutch collector François Gerard Waller (1867-1934), as well as an earlier bookplate of H. Heerdinck, to front pastedown. Hayn/Gotendorf VII, 525 ("very rare"). Bibliotheca Germanorum erotica, p. 133. Rare, with KVK, OCLC locating only the copy at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Artikel-Nr. 4275