Item #4 Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch. William Meinhold, ed.
Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch
Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch
Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch

Mary Schweidler, The Amber Witch

London: John Murray, 1844. First. Original marbled boards with three-quarters leather binding. Mary Schweidler, THE AMBER WITCH. THE MOST INTERESTING TRIAL FOR WITCHCRAFT EVEN KNOWN. PRINTED FROM AN IMPERFECT MANUSCRIPT BY HER FATHER ABRAHAM SCWEIDLER, THE PASTOR OF COSEROW, IN THE ISLAND OF USEDOM

Book Details + Condition: John Murray (London). Very scarce First Edition from 1844. Original marbled boards with three-quarters leather binding. The first half of the book is "The Amber Witch" (171 pages), and the second half is "The French in Algiers" (176 pages). By Wilhelm Meinhold, and translated from the German by Lady Duff Gordon. "The Amber Witch" is a German novel published by Wilhelm Meinhold (1797–1851) in 1838. The novel was originally published as a literary hoax which purported to be an actual 17th-century chronicle. Meinhold claimed to have discovered a manuscript written by a 17th-century minister, Abraham Schweidler (purportedly a pastor of Coserow and known for his fire and brimstone sermons) amongst rubbish in the choir of the old Coserow church. The manuscript contained the story of the pastor's daughter Maria, the "Amber Witch". The tale was described by Meinhold, in the subtitle of the novel, as "the most interesting trial for witchcraft ever known". The translated work by Lady Duff Gordon was very popular with the Victorians and went through numerous editions, including a luxury one in 1895 illustrated by Philip Burne-Jones. The novel was a favorite of Oscar Wilde's when he was a boy. In 1861 it was made into an opera, composed by William Vincent Wallace. A firm and clean copy of a scarce first edition, with wear to original marbled boards and leather; scuffing to inside boards; interior is clean and free of markings save owner's name on endpaper; foxing to front endpapers. Item #4

Price: $550.00

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