- 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.
Slayer of winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring'st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not thy victory vain, Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky. Welcome, O March! whose kindly days and dry Make April ready for the throstle's song, Thou first redresser of the winter's wrong! Yea, welcome, March! and though I die ere June, Yet for the hope of life I give thee praise, Striving to swell the burden of the tune That even now I hear thy brown birds raise, Unmindful of the past or coming days; Who sing, "O joy! a new year is begun! What happiness to look upon the sun!" O, what begetteth all this storm of bliss, But Death himself, who, crying solemnly, Even from the heart of sweet Forgetfulness, Bids us, "Rejoice! lest pleasureless ye die. Within a little time must ye go by. Stretch forth your open hands, and, while ye live, Take all the gifts that Death and Life may give."William Morris [1834-1896]