München: Phantasus Verlag, 1921.
Large octavo. Full vellum boards with single gilt rule to edges and small gilt-stamped image of a horse to upper, titling gilt to to spine. 3ff. (publisher's device, half-title, title), 88, [i] (colophon) pp. Illustrated throughout with lithographic drawings by Thomas Theodor Heine (1867-1948), German painter and illustrator.
With the autograph signatures of both the author, Thomas Mann, and the illustrator, Thomas Theodor Heine, in pencil below the colophon on the last page.
Boards slightly worn, soiled and warped; small tear to edge of front free endpaper. Slightly browned throughout.
First Edition, limited, number 45 of 530 copies, one of only 70 bound in full vellum.
"The Blood of the Walsungs (Wälsungenblut in German) is a novella written by the German author Thomas Mann. Originally written in 1905 and set to be published in the January 1906 issue of Die Neue Rundschau, it was pulled from print under hushed mouths because of its similarities with Mann's new wife and her family. The story was finally published in Germany in 1921 and has since remained one of Mann's most controversial works for its portrayal of anti-Semitism and incest.
The novella narrates an episode in the lives of the Aarenhold household and its youngest members, the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, who spend most of their time together and love each other deeply to the point of committing incest. Mann drew artistic inspiration from Richard Wagner's 1870 opera Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) and the myth the Völsunga clan, famous in Nordic mythology." Wikipedia.
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