It’s necessary to clear some space and put the read books back into the shelves. Here is a list of the books I have read over the last two months.
STÄHLIN, Christof : Der Dandy und andere Monologe und Erzählungen. 1. Auflage, Zürich Herbst 1986 (Haffmanns’ Helfende Hand-Bibliothek)
I wrote about Christof STAEHLIN here.
FLAUBERT, Gustave : Das Wörterbuch der übernommenen Ideen. (…) Mit einem Nachwort von Julian BARNES. 1. Auflage Zürich Herbst 1987 (Haffmanns’ Helfende Hand-Bibliothek)
“Le dictionnaire des idées reçues” (Eng., Fr., text in project Gutenberg from 1913) is a nice distraction. BARNES (Ger., Eng.) of course explains this and that. He should know about old “Flohbär”, if you have some time at your hands see FLAUBERT’s Parrot (Ger., Eng.).
SCHMIDT, Arno : Griechisches Feuer. 13 historische Skizzen.
Erstausgabe Herbst 1989 (Haffmanns’ Helfende Hand-Bibliothek)
I have mentioned Mr SCHMIDT here now & than. This little tome contains 13 short texts SCHMIDT wrote as “Brotarbeiten” for a local newspaper in the years between 1956 and 1959. From funny to critical, short historical essays partly with a local connection, bordering on “Heimatkunde”, what is only superficially translated with “local history”. And because these texts needed to be printed in a newspaper – no wild orgies of personal orthography & typography here, all very gentle in this respect. Still entertaining after sixty years.
GRAFTON, Anthony : Cardanos Kosmos. Die Welten und Werke eines Renaissance-Astrologen. Berlin 1999 (Originally Cardano’s Cosmos, 1999)
GRAFTON (Ger., Eng., reviews by GRAFTON) is an important American scholar of the Kulturgeschichte of early modern time, who wrote not only about CARDANO, but also about SCALIGER and ALBERTI, an interesting polyhistor. If you want to understand what it is all about with that astrology, how it is understood in its cultural and sociologial aspect, what risk & rewards a man like CARDANUS faces, grab this book. I will try to reach GRAFTON’s text about ALBERTI, a man who always fascinated me.
KOSTOLANY, André : Kostolanys beste Tips für Geldanleger. Profitable Ideen für Sparer und Spekulanten. Ausgewählt und zusammengestellt von Hubert SPEGEL. Mit einem Vorwort von Karl Otto PÖHL. Sonderausgabe München Düsseldorf 1998 (Originalausgabe 1991 als “Kostolanys beste Geldgeschichten”)
Of course this is not a “How-to-“book for the aspiring stock-broker : It is a collection of anecdotes, some even interesting, about persons & things KOSTOLANY (Ger., Eng.) knew and witnessed through his long life. He mentions some colourful characters worth further research.
VOLKE, Werner : Hugo von Hofmannsthal in Selbstzeugnissen und Bilddokumenten, Reinbek Juli 1967 (rowolths monographien, hg.v. Kurt KUSENBERG, 127)
I miss Rowohlt’s biographical series, many of the volumes (like this one) were especially written for it, and VOLKE (obit) did a very good job, this small tome is after nearly fifty years still exemplary.
HOFFMANTHALs correspondence, the network he created before WWI in the “old Europe” (that was crunched to pieces in the murderous battles of Verdun et al.) guides through the literary circles, cliques and connections from the fin de siecle to Hugo’s tragic death by stroke, when he wanted to go out to his son’s funeral, who had shot himself some days before. Well, Jedermann (Ger., Eng.), gemma bisserl sterben … And VOLKE, as employee of the Literaturarchiv Marbach, wrote the guide for the interested reader.
RITZ, J. M. : Unterfränkische Barockschlösser. Augsburg 1925 (Alte Kunst in Bayern)
Doesn’t count. I just like the old black and white photographs.
ADRION, Alexander : Taschendiebe. Der heimlichen Zunft auf die Finger geschaut. München 1992
ADRION (Ger.) is of course a stage name, originally the magician and prestidigiteur was born under the name Gerhard ENGELSLEBEN. He retired from the stage in 1985. This book is a kind of overturned “Zettelkasten” or slip box, a collection of materials ADRION brought together over some time. It is interesting, he makes contact with modern thieves and police men, also has a look at the history of the profession, and mentions the literature he used.
HARTLIEB, Johannes : Das Buch aller verbotenen Künste.
Herausgegeben und ins Neuhochdeutsche übertragen von Frank FÜRBETH, 1. Auflage Frankfurt am Main 1989 (insel taschenbuch 1241)
The doctor HARTLIEB (Ger., Eng.) wrote a book about the forbidden arts. It created a kind of catch-22 for him, a Zwickmühle : On one hand he could not be too detailed about the magical practises, because that would mean he wrote a kind of handbook for magicians and witches – not necessarily a good idea in the Bavaria of 1456. On the other hand he needed to be detailed enough so that the client, Johann von Brandenburg-Kulmbach (Ger., Eng.), has a chance to understand what he is talking about. Well, Johann has the byname “the alchemist”, so he may have one or two ideas about HARTLIEBs subjects.
HATJE, Gerd (Ed.) : new furniture neue möbel meubles nouveaux muebles modernos 6. Stuttgart 1962
Wonder what new furniture one to five looked like. HATJE (Ger.) is born in Hamburg and came after WWII to Stuttgart where he founded a publishing house. He made his name with a program of art, photography and architecture. 1990, with 75, he retired. HATJE gives a tour d’horizon from modern chairs, seating arrangements and tables via office furniture, cabinets & shelves to nursery furniture, text by Michel MORTIER (Eng.), himself a well-known furniture designer. Doesn’t get more classic sixties, does it ?
Now I stuff all this paper back into the shelves and take out different heaps, what a silly game.