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1 (Boll, Henrich). Conard, Robert C. UNDERSTANDING HEINRICH BOLL
(Columbia, South Carolina): University of South Carolina Press, (1991). 0872497798 / 9780872497795 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine decorated dust jacket. 182 pages; bibliography and an index. 
Presentation copy, inscribed to economist John Elliott (who is mentioned in the acknowledgment page), and SIGNED and dated by the author. Laid in are several SIGNED holograph letters from the author and a xerox copy of an article. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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2 (Goethe). Brown, Jane K. FAUST: Theater of the World
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1992). 0805794077 / 9780805794076 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in an illustrated dust jacket that shows a tiny corner crease to front flap; jacket art a detail of ''Carnival Evening'' by Henri Rousseau. Chronology of Goethe's life and works, notes and references, bibliography, index. 
Analysis of Goethe's seminal drama, which reveals how the play is representive of its author's growth over the 60 years he spent writing it. Brown addresses the effect on the German culture and history of this tale of an evil man's ultimate redemption. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 (Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Kleist, Heinrich von). Burckhardt, Sigurd THE DRAMA OF LANGUAGE: Essays on Goethe and Kleist
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins Press, (1970). 801810493 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth with silver gilt lettering to the spine; in a printed dust jacket with sticker ghost to front panel. Notes, index. 
A collection of essays about the great dramatists of Germany's golden age, prepared by Professors Bernard Blume and Roy Harvey Pearce after Burckhardt's death. The seven works are analyzed with a focus on the truth of inconsistencies. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 (Kafka, Franz). Sussman, Henry THE TRIAL: Kafka's Unholy Trinity
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805794085 / 9780805794083 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with jacket art a detail of ''Scintillating Blue'' by Hans Hofmann. Chronology of Kafka's life and works, notes and references, bibliography, index. 
Kafka's tale of bureaucratic nightmares is analyzed in its historical, psychological, and philosophical contexts. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 (Kleist, Heinrich von). Maass, Joachim KLEIST: A Biography
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1983). 374181624 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Near fine with an area of darkening (soiling?) to front cover, in a dust jacket with a closed edge tear to upper front flap. Jacket portrait of Kleist by Maurice Sendak. 
Kleist, a playwright long in the shadow of Goethe, is given a new assessment by Maass, with emphasis on his modern aspects, and his desire to portray life as he found it, unsettling and absurd. Eight pages of photographs, indexes of works and names. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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6 (Musil, Robert). Bangerter, Lowell A. ROBERT MUSIL
New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, (1989). 0804420548 / 9780804420549 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A probing critical-biographical study of Musil's life, views and works. Part of Frederick Ungar's series Literature and Life: World Writers. 153 pages with index. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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7 (Tieck, Ludwig). Crisman, William THE CRISES OF "LANGUAGE AND DEAD SIGNS" IN LUDWICK TIECK'S PROSE FICTION
(Columbia, S.C.): Camden House, (1996). 1571130144 / 9781571130143 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered red cloth; no dust jacket, as issued. Dedication copy: inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the dedication page. 
Critical study of the "19th century German novelist and poet who pioneered German Romanticism and became the preeminent German writer after the death of Goethe."--littlebluelight. 202 pages, including index, works cited. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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8 Boll, Heinrich THE BREAD OF THOSE EARLY YEARS
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1976). 007006427X / 9780070064270 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Near fine with a trace of wear to the shelf edges, erasure scar to front free endsheet; in a near fine, age-toned, very lightly rubbed pictorial dust jacket that shows a minor corner crease to front flap. 
This early work from the Nobel Laureate received its first American publication twenty years after its initial appearance in Germany. Translation by Leila Vennewitz. 
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9 Boll, Heinrich THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM, Or: How Violence Develops and Where it Can Lead
New York/St. Louis/San Francisco/Dusseldorf: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1975). 0070064253 / 9780070064256 First edition in English. Translated from the German DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM by Leila Vennewitz. Hardcover. Fine, in black boards with red top-edge tint; in a fine, illustrated dust jacket. 
Novel which deals with the sensationalism of tabloid news and the political climate of panic over Red Army Faction terrorism in the 1970s Federal Republic of Germany. Filmed in 1975 by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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10 Boll, Heinrich THE SAFETY NET
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982. 394514941 First U.S. trade edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in a like dust jacket that shows some mild age-toning, a hint of rubbing, and a suggestion of wear to the edges. A nice copy. 
The subject here is terrorism, in this novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of THE CLOWN, GROUP PORTRAIT WITH LADY and BILLIARDS AT HALF-PAST NINE. Translated from the German by Leila Vennewitz. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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11 Boll, Heinrich THE STORIES OF HEINRICH BOLL
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. 039451405X / 9780394514055 First edition in English. Hardcover. Fine in full navy blue cloth with gilt stamping, bright salmon upper page edge tint; in a fine, if faintly age-toned, dust jacket. [686] pages. 
Sixty-three stories and novellas spanning four decades by one of Germany's greatest writers, gathering the best of Boll's previous collections and 22 stories that have never before been published in book form. Translated by Leila Vennewitz. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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12 Brecht, Bertolt; English versions by Eric and Maja Bentley PARABLES FOR THE THEATER, Two Plays by Bertolt Brecht: The Good Woman of Setzuan and The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, (1948). First edition: black binding with white lettering; graphic dust jacket in tones of black, brown and white. Hardcover. Light edgewear, pages a trifle age-toned, else near fine; in an age-toned, price-clipped dust jacket with wear to the edges, mildly creased short closed edge tear to front panel, very shallow nicking to edges and to flap folds. A nice copy, withal. 
A seminal figure in 20th century drama, Brecht, as theorist--has been abused by both boosters and detractors, yet his poetry and plays endure triumphant. First printing in any language of these two key works, in the Bentleys' superb, historic renderings. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 Deich, Friedrich THE SANITY INSPECTORS
New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., (1957). First U.S. edition, first printing. Translated from the German by Robert Kee. Hardcover. Textblock heavily tanned, discreet rubber stamp to front pastedown, else fine; in burgundy shelfback over black boards; in a rubbed, edgeworn, age-toned, very good dust jacket with a few tiny dots of stain to rear panel, horizontal slit to spine panel. 
A German psychiatrist and a clergyman must answer the question, both in their hospital and later on the battlefields of WWII, "What is normality in an abnormal world?" "Funny, fascinating, and frighteningly intelligent."--Sean O' Faolain. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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14 Gartner, Georg IM GOLDLANDE: Abentener eines Knaben in Californien: Fur die Jungend erzahlt
(Stuttgart): G. Weise, [undated]. No edition noted. 16mo. (4.5x6.25 inches.) 78 pages. Hardcover. Very good: a bit shaken, wear and abrasion at extremities, scattered soiling, rear inner hinge just starting, but holding strong, penciled note to one plate; in black-lettered red cloth shelfback over boards with paste-on chromolithograph illustration. 
German children's tale of the California Gold Rush; elegant chromolitho plates depict a campfire scene, a group of Indians, a sea rescue, a mountain repelling, a boy reading to an ailing parent. Charming evidence of the German fascination with the West. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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15 Grillparzer, Franz SAPPHO: A Tragedy in Five Acts
Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1876. First U.S. edition thus. In the translation with prefaces by Ellen Frothingham. Former owner's discreet stamp and 1877-dated signature to flyleaf. Hardcover. Small area of abrasion (sticker removal) to front pastedown, offsetting to first page of text and copyright page (from a clipping that had been laid in), else a bright, near fine copy in green cloth, decorated in black, lettered in gilt; no dust jacket. 
Second play by the important Austrian author and his first in what would become his verse form of choice, iambic pentameter. His works are notable for their "vigorous gestural language--the ideal of 'word and image working together."'--W.E. Yates. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 Guttmann, Bernhard AMBITION
New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1930. First U.S. edition. Authorized translation by Ludwig Lewisohn. Hardcover. Whisper of dust soiling to top page edges, else a fine, fresh copy in gleaming black cloth lettered in reverse against gilt panels to front cover and spine; in a price-clipped dust jacket that hints at spine fading, but is otherwise very nearly fine. 
The $2,500 German Prize Novel in its first U.S. appearance. Translator and contest judge Lewisohn calls it this panoramic historical novel of the 17th century a "superbly rich, vital and moving book." A splendid copy. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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17 Hettche, Thomas THE ARBOGAST CASE
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2003). 0374138125 / 9780374138127 First U.S. edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The German author makes his English-language debut with this complex erotic thriller based on an actual, sensational German courtroom case. The Robert Walser Prize-winning author's fourth book. Translated by Elizabeth Gaffney. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 Hoffmann, E.T.A. TALES
Franklin Center, Pennsylvania: The Franklin Library, 1983. B000HB0LNI First edition thus: a limited edition produced exclusively for subscribers to The Collected Stories of the World's Greatest Writers. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, bound in full bonded leather with hubbed spine, gilt decoration, all page edges gilt, moire-effect endsheets, bound-in ribbon marker; no dust jacket, as issued. Still in the publisher's unopened shrinkwrap! 
"The Sand-Man"; "A New Year's Adventure"; "Rath Krespel"; "Signor Formica" in translations by J.T. Bealby, and edited by E.F. Bleiler. Frontisportrait of Hoffmann by Dagmar Frinta; interior color plates by Ruth Knorr from HOFFMANNS ERZAHLUNGEN (1969). 
Price: 75.00 USD
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19 Lenz, J.M.R. THE TUTOR and THE SOLDIERS
Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, (1972). 0226472108 / 9780226472102 First edition. In the German Literary Classics in Translation series. Translated and with an introduction by William E. Yuill. Hardcover. Fine in fuchsia cloth with front cover decoration (echo of jacket art) in blind, lettering in gilt to front cover and spine; in illustrated dust jacket. 
Pair of tragicomic plays by the groundbreaking and influential 18th century dramatist whose line of descent yielded some of Germany's finest, most revolutionary playwrights, Georg Buchner, Franz Wedekind, and Bertolt Brecht. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 Lohr, Robert THE CHESS MACHINE
New York: The Penguin Press, 2007. 1594201269 / 9781594201264 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. New from the publisher! Translated from the German by Anthea Bell. 
Löhr resurrects a chess-playing automaton in his generously imagined debut mystery. Set in 1770, a Baron in Hungary builds the chess engineering marvel. Löhr's eye for period detail and cast of eccentrics create an immersive and mirthful experience. 
Price: 24.95 USD
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