Leipzig, Germany. Ernst Keil. 1879.
52 weekly copies of "Die Gartenlaube" (The Garden Arbor) of 1879, an illustrated family newspaper founded in 1853. The half leather binding (12 3/4 x 9 inches) is in poor condition, with separation at the spine, corners bumped, loss at top of spine, and considerable soiling to boards. Contents in very good condition, with occasional small tears to pages and one page suffering from a tape repair that has become severely discolored. Several pages have come loose from the binding. The newspaper contains biographical sketches of famous persons, poetry, fiction, essays on natural science and current events, and a variety of full page illustrations, including numerous renderings of German architecture and scenery. Also included is a centerfold illustrating the famous Meiningen Players in their production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," as well as a portrait and essay on the company's founder, Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. This very important troupe toured Europe from 1874 to 1890, eschewing the "star system" and inspiring disciples in England, France and Russia with ensemble performance supervised by a stage director responsible for overseeing all aspects of a theatrical production. Also included is an illustrated article of the statue Die Germania, which is pictured under construction. When situated overlooking the Rhine, the statue became a symbol of the first German unification. Other illustrated articles include pieces on Java, indigenous Patagonians, St. Petersburg, and extensive material on German sites and institutions. Contents generally in very good condition. Item #48980