- Morris, William
Kunstgewerbliches Sendschreiben; Die Kunst und die Schönheit der Erde; Ein paar Winke über das Musterzeichnen;
Hermann Seemann Nachfolger, Leipzig, 1901, Cloth, , , Very Good
4 volumes bound together: Kunstgewerbliches Sendschreiben 1901 (24 pp.); Die Kunst und die Schönheit der Erde 1901 (31 pp.); Ein paar Winke über das Musterzeichnen 1902 (50 pp.); Wahre und falsche Gesellschaft 1902 (46 pp.); Letterpress printed on paper of Berthold Siegismund, Leipzig, and composed and printed by E. Haberland, Leipzig. Bound throughout in their original places are the colophons and original advertising. Green Cloth with gilt lettering, Corners bumped, rubbing on extremities. Price sticker damage to ffep. Some foxing to the initial leaves of the first 1901 imprint, the 1902 imprints have age toning that the 1901 imprints do not have. M. Schwabe, Julius Zeitler, translators.
"WOODMAN, SPARE THAT TREE"
Woodman, spare that tree! Touch not a single bough! In youth it sheltered me, And I'll protect it now. 'Twas my forefather's hand That placed it near his cot; There, woodman, let it stand, Thy axe shall harm it not! That old familiar tree, Whose glory and renown Are spread o'er land and sea, - And wouldst thou hew it down? Woodman, forbear thy stroke! Cut not its earth-bound ties; O, spare that aged oak, Now towering to the skies! When but an idle boy I sought its grateful shade; In all their gushing joy Here, too, my sisters played. My mother kissed me here; My father pressed my hand - Forgive this foolish tear, But let that old oak stand! My heart-strings round thee cling, Close as thy bark, old friend! Here shall the wild-bird sing, And still thy branches bend. Old tree! the storm still brave! And, woodman, leave the spot; While I've a hand to save, Thy axe shall harm it not.George Pope Morris [1802-1864]