RILKE, RAINIER MARIA Band I. Traumgekrönt. Neue Gedichte.
Leipzig: P. Friesenhahn, 1897. First edition, with an extensive presentation on the half title to Nathan Sulzberger incorporating a four-line verse (dated December 1896) signed in full by Rilke. Publisher's wrappers in modern slipcase. 7 x 4 1/2 inches (18 x 11 cm); 64,  pp. Wrappers stained in upper quadrant, chipped, with a small loss with silk restoration to the rear panel, slight internal dampstain affecting some leaves.
Traumgekrönt ("Dream-crowned") was the third-published collection of Rilke's verse, issued while he was still at Charles University in Prague, though he left later that year for Munich. The inscribed verse reads:
...Und müssen Sie auf durch Ihr Leben
fremd aller Schöpferfreude gehn--
ist Ihnen doch die Gift Gegeben,
ein frohes Schaffen zu verstehen!
The American Nathan Sulzberger was a close friend of Rilke at this time, as is recounted in George Schoofield in Young Rilke and His time (2008), which references this inscription.
C Estate of Suzanne Schrag
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