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Lot #    13490
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:28:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Neue Erzählungen
Author    [Only Ed.] Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch
City    Mannheim
Publisher    J. Bensheimer
Publication Date    1893
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 76, [4] pp., octavo, 189:135 mm., illustrated, wide margins, usual age staining, loose in the original paper wrappers.
   Illustrated idyllic scenes and interludes of Jewish life, inspired by rural Jewish life in Galicia by Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch (1835-95). This work appears to be little known, and stands in sharp contrast to the other works by Sacher-Masoch, from which the word masochism is derived. Neue Erzählungen (new narrations) has an introduction entitled Israel, and ten stories, among them, Der Weihnachtsabend des Abramowitch (The Christamas Eve of Abramowitch), Rabbi Abdon, Gelobt sei Gott (God is praised), Hamman und Esther, and Das Mahl der Frommen (The meal of the pious ones). These stories are accompanied bynumerous drawings and sketches. Although his name is not mentioned the illustrator for Sacher-Masoch’s Jewish stories was the noted French painter Lévy, Alphonse.

Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, a Christian, was born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary. He was the son of the police director in Lemberg and Charlotte von Masoch, a Ukrainian lady of noble birth. He had planned to write a series of six novels under the collective title The Heritage of Cain: only the first two were ever completed, of which Venus in Furs (Venus im Pelz) is the most famous. This novel tells of a man, Severin, so besotted with a woman, Wanda, that he requests to be treated as her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways. Severin describes his feelings during these experiences as suprasensuality. The novel closely parallels events in Sacher-Masoch's own life. His first wife tried to re-live the experience of the book with Leopold; however, he wasn't excited about his family life, got a divorce and married the nanny of his kids. He died in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Literature
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica