Missing Books From Last List

I have to clear my desk. Here is a list of stupid books I read.

BOHNE, Friedrich (Hg.) : WIlhelm BUSCH : Balduin Bählamm. Maler Klecksel. Zürich 1974
BUSCH (Ger., Eng.) (1832-1908) is the “father of the comic strip”, at least all those who are seriosuly interested in the history of the drawn, comic story sooner of later come back to him. GULBRANSSON, UNGERER, I think even Mr CRUMP, and surely a lot of other artists, have mentioned him, or had some kind of reference to his work included in their own. I think in the Deutsche Museum für Karikatur und Zeichenkunst (Ger., Eng.) in Hanover, run by the Wilhelm-Busch-Gesellschaft, anything related to this artist is documented.
Sadly I could find no article dedicated to Herr BOHNE, who was (is ?) a very prolific editor of BUSCHs œvre.

EBERLE, Raimund : Was früher in Bayern alles Recht war. Aus den Anmerkungen des Wiguläus Aloysius Xaverius Freiherrn von KREITTMAYR zum Codex Maximilianus Bavaricus Civilis. Rosenheim o.J. (1976)
There is no fun in ius. But there is the text of the law, and there are the elucidationes, the notes that are as important as the text itself. KREITTMAYR (1705-1790) (Ger., Eng.) is the father of the Bavarian law, civil, criminal, and (civil) procedure, all children of the enlightened 18th century. And he was not shy of explaining the law in terms even a layman could understand. So his language is, sometimes, quite, well, colourful.
EBERLE says in his introduction that he, as a young Assessor (lowest rank in the juridical pecking order) had to draft a decision on a “Wegerecht”, right of way, or right of tresspass. The articles always pointed back, always adopted older regulations – until he finally reached the Codex Civilis (CMBC, Ger., Eng.) of 1756 (!). So he read KREITTMAYRs notes, and finally published a florilegium, a Blütenlese, of these characterful explanations.
Sadly I could find no more information on Herr EBERLE.

ANDRESEN, Carl ; DENZLER, Georg (Hg.) : Wörterbuch der Kirchengeschichte. 2. überarb. Aufl. München 1984
It may look strange to find a Wörterbuch, a dictionaty or better glossary, of church history (or anything else) in this list. Who reads a dictionary ? I do. Not always, not any, but now & then I like to look in dictionaries, and it is especially nice when one follows the references, links so to say. ANDRESEN (1909-1985) (Ger.) and DENZLER (*1930) (Ger.) know what they are dealing with, so this little Wörterbuch is a usable source.

HASTINGS, Selina : Nancy Mitford. Eine Biographie. Deutsch von Reinhard KAISER. Hamburg 1994 (zuerst : Nancy Mitford. London 1985)
Nancy (1904-1973) (Ger., Eng.) is the oldest of the Mitford sisters, Deborah was the youngest, she died in 2014. Selina HASTINGS (*1945) (Eng.) is a British writer. Interesting biography.

HEYDEN, A. v. : Die Tracht der Kulturvölker Europas vom Zeitalter Homers bis zum Beginne des XIX. Jahrhunderts. Reprint der Originalausgabe Berlin 1889
August Jakob Theodor von Heyden-Nerfken (1827-1897) (Ger.) was a (Prussian) painter and poet. Today we avoid the word “Tracht” because of its ideological implications, usually we talk about “Kostümkunde”, including not only clothing, but also hair-styles, makeup / maquillage, accessories including jewellery, I think perfume too. Especially the last would be of interest, I am not firm on this. HEYDEN is, frankly, exhaustng the subject – I have to confess that anything with fabric, the details of it, goes over my head. I can see a dress, and can kind of classify it, but the second seam from behind – no. I was confronted with the whole subject when I tried to learn how to date photographs of persons – so you have to look at what they wear, especially accessoires. But I have absolutely no idea of making a dress, of how to handle fabrics, textiles in the broadest sense. HEYDENs book can be used as a kind of reference book, I know that there are better ones. But the “222 illustrations, partly drawn by the author” do help a bit.

KRETSCHMANN, WInfried : Worauf wir uns verlassen wollen. Für eine neue Idee des Konservativen. Frankfurt / Main 2018
Very good. KRETSCHMANN (*1948) (Ger., Eng.) is a founding member of the Green Party, it’s roots lie in the German South-West. The Green Party is a wertkonservative party, I am not sure whether the translation my dictionary offers (“social conservative”) really fits. The man is actually head (“Ministerpräsident”) of Baden-Württemberg (vulgo : Suebia) in a coalition with the conservative party as such in Germany, the CDU. He asks what “conservative” means nowadays, and I like his answers. The man shows a good way forward. This little tome, just around 150 pages in duodecimo, are really worth a read and some thoughts. Never thought that I’d say this about a conservative theorist, but this may show & illustrate how much all and anything changed after 1989.

SCHWAMMBERGER, Adolf (Hg.) : Aus des Herrn de Blainville Reisen durch Holland, Deutschland, die Schweiz und Italien die Kapitel FRANKEN. Würzburg 1975 (Jahresgabe der Bibliohilengesellschaft)
de BLAINVILLE was a sharp tongued kind of gossiper, I think. I could not find a biographical article about him, sorry. He was “secretary to the Embassy of the States-General in Spain” at one point. In this position he kept a lot of notes, and sadly send all of his papers together with the corpse of the ambassador back to the Netherlands. The ship sunk. He then resurfaces in London. And here accepts the offer to accompagnie some young folks on their cavalier tour through Europe, also keeping note busily. The manuscript was not publsihed through his lifetime (I think it was in French ?), but only 1743/45, circa ten years after his death. He describes Europe around 1705. I would very much like to read the English edition. What we have here is the German translation from 1764 – so it is like a xerox of the n-th generation. But still stinging. Oh LOrd, send me money, so I can read all those books.

That’s it. A little distraction from aweful neighbours, a little space on the desk saved, auf zu neuen Ufern !

6 thoughts on “Missing Books From Last List

  1. What is going on here? No posts, and then 100s turn up on the same day, I just hope you have reserved some blogging energy for Sunday music.
    I’ll have the dressmaking book…. if it vanishes you’ll know where it is.

  2. To me, a “social conservative” is someone who clings to “old-fashioned family values”, and would probably prefer it if the law remained that way, in relation to gender roles and sexual behaviour in particular. Not what I would associate with the Green Party. I wonder if there’s some confusion here with conservation (as in enviromental concerns)?

  3. It’s all about conservatio, just cans … No, I think it only means that the dictionary I use is nonsense in this respect.
    “Wertkonservativ” simply means to have values that are seen as conservative, and the Green Party has a lot of conservative values – what is healthy nature & environment other than a conservative value ? And nevertheless, in the beginning it was the political conservative side that called the Greens anarchists, enemies of the state etcetc when they opposed the holy idea of progress, technological progress in the form of atomic power plants, notably in Whyl near Freiburg im Breisgau, where one (if not the) root of the Green Party lies (with a young teacher Kretschmann marching ahead). This progress-worshipping, technological naive conservatism, that still survives today, does lead nowhere, especially not in a conservative stasis where anything stays the same – generally a stupid idea.
    Social values – the normal conservative idea is the family with man-woman-children in its “natural” order – as the protofascists in Hungary now wrote into their constitution – anything eklse is not natural, hence crimeworthy. Nobody in the Green Party would say that family in itself is not a worth, but it includes other forms too, something that is absolutekly conservative and progressive, or better : realistic in contrast to the again : naive ideas of socalled “conservatives” who just want to embalm an imagined status quo. I think that’s the line of argumentation in general.

    BUSCHs stories were pretty cruel and brutal IDV, like fairytales where blood, gore and death is the norm too. BUSCH is an interesting man – he once threw a cheese at a wall in Munich. I forgot what made him so angry. His dream was to become an ackowledged painter, but he never showed his paintings in an exhibition, I confess that I never saw one, I have no idea how his pictures are – should do an image search later.

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