- Muhlbach, L. [Louisa]
Goethe and Schiller: An Historical Romance
D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1872, Cloth, , , Very Good-
283 pp, 4pp advs. 8 plates by Gaston Fay, incl. frontis. Four Books, complete in one volume. A reprint of the 1867 Appleton edition. Corners bumped and frayed. Some slight evidence of dampness on boards extends only to end papers. A bit of foxing around plates. Fragment of acid paper bookmarks page 7. 'A young girl of extraordinary beauty was sitting before the bureau, on which a single candle burned. Her small, lovely oval head was that of a Venus; the tall, slender and graceful figure, that of a Juno. In conformity with the fashion of that day, her dark-brown and shining hair was arranged in hundreds of little curls, encompassed with a golden band, which terminated on her forehead in a serpent's head. Her eyes--the large blue eyes which contrasted so wondrously with the dark hair--were gazing at the mirror. A sad smile played about her beautiful, crimson lips, as she looked at the reflection of her own figure, at the lovely, rosy countenance, the full and rounded shoulders, the arms of dazzling whiteness, and at the tapering waist, brought out to great advantage by the closely-fitting blue silk bodice. She wore no ornament but the golden band in her hair; her jewels were her youth and her beauty; the tears which trembled on her eyelashes were more precious gems than were ever mined for in the depths of the earth, for these came unsought from the depths of her heart.'-- a description of Marie von Arnim.