|Red Baron's battered copy |
of Reiner's Stilkunst
It was a surprise when last week I came across another book called Deutsche Stilkunst written by an intellectual giant Eduard Engel. The list of Engel's publications is long. His Stilkunst, first published in 1911, saw many improved reprints until 1931 when the book already was in its 31st edition. Politically Engel was a right-winger and hailed the Machtergreifung (takeover) by the Nazis in 1933 simply forgetting that he was a Jew.
In spite of his patriotic views the Nazi government banned Engel from publication, they canceled his retirement pension, his life's work was no longer printed. Only friends supported the 82-year old Engel. He died in 1938 impoverished.
|Engel's Deutsche Stilkunst republished|
in two volumes in a slipcase
Last month Die Andere Bibliothek (The Other Library) republished Engel's original Deutsche Stilkunst in its 31st edition of 1931 printing only 4444 copies. The publisher is advertising his two volume edition as follows: May others publish the copy we prefer the original.
Immediately Red Baron was on fire and ordered the two volumes right away. When they arrived yesterday I opened them and I found out that my copies bear the number 3237; but then I became slightly disappointed: The books are printed in Antiqua and not in Fraktur.