12. The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke, with art by Warren Chappell.
The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated and with an explanatory note by Stephen Mitchell, illustrated with 29 two-color drawings by Warren Chappell, 1983.
This prose-poem was written during a single night in 1912 when Rilke was twenty-three. It took Germany by storm and over a million copies were sold. For this bilingual edition the Arion Press commissioned a new translation from Stephen Mitchell. The type for the translation, Trajanus, was designed by Chappell, who studied with Rudolf Koch, designer of the black-letter types used for the first Insel Verlag edition and Arion's German text.
Format: 12 by 9-1/2 inches, 72 pages. The types are handset Trajanus and Wilhelm Klingspor Schrift, with Trajanus and Zierschrift initials. The illustrations were printed from photo-engravings. Black, red, and brown inks throughout. The paper is T. H. Saunders mouldmade. The binding is full cloth, with titling labels on front cover and spine. Edition of 300 copies, $160.00. Out of print.