‘The true poet of the Rhine’

Posted on 14th January 2022 by simonbeattie

Adelheid von Stolterfoth (1800–1875) was best known for her Rhenish poems; Goedeke called her ‘the true poet of the Rhine’. This is a copy of the first edition of The Rhenish Minstrel, published in Frankfurt by Carl Jugel in 1835, a version of her book Rheinischer Sagen-Kreis which Jugel had brought out the same year, prefixed with English summaries of the plates. The wonderful lithographed line illustrations are after Alfred Rethel:

But the thing which really drew me to the book was its binding. Could the book really have been reissued in a cloth binding, say, sixty years later?

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