We offer a group of seven translations of Rainer Maria Rilke from the estate of Margaret Daws Herter Norton, wife of William Warder Norton and co-founder with him of W. W. Norton & Company in the 1920’s. Herter Norton was a widely respected early translator of Rilke. These items passed to her granddaughter, from whom we acquired them. The conditions, overall very good, vary from fine to poor in one case (as to the binding of Poems missing its spine). We will provide detailed descriptions and photographs upon request.
This collection of seven translations includes:
Translated by Jessie Lemont.
With an Introduction by H.T.
New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1918.
One of 500 unnumbered copies printed on Enfield Deckle Edge Paper. Inscribed in gutter of dedication page, “dup. exch. Garmo linsley [?] 10/17/29.”
Translated by Jessie Lemont and Hans Trausil.
New York: Sunwise Turn Inc., 1919.
One of 500 copies. Frontispiece after photograph by Gertrude Kasebier. Compliments slip of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. tipped onto front free endpaper, inscribed “Old Unkle Seagull.”
Bussum: The Halcyon Press, 1927.
No. 33/50 of 60 Service de presse (outside the edition of 330 in commerce), inscribed and signed, “Die letterarische welte / A. Stols.”
Six Lettres à A.A.M. Stols
Maestricht: A.A.M. Stols, 1927.
No. 12 (of 97 “sur papier anglais” watermarked “F.J. Heald,” after two on Japon), printed for Monsieur J. Greshoff, signed “A. Stols.” Inscribed inside front cover “from Jan Greshof / Cape town, March 1951.”
[Translated by Nora Purtscher-Wydenbruck and Herter Norton]
Stories of God
With an Introduction by William Rose
London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., 1932.
Sonnets to Orpheus /
Translated by Jessie Lemont
New York: The Fine Editions Press, 1945.
One of 875 unnumbered copies printed on Bethany paper. Inscribed “M D Herter Norton” on front free endpaper. Unopened.
and other poems
Princeton: Apophysis Ink for the author, 1976.
No. 14 of 65 copies, initialed by the printers, designed, hand-set and printed by Apophysis Ink (Dawn McGuire and Mark Melnicove) on Arctic White Linweave Taro-Text handmade paper.
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