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Die Geschichte von Ulenspiegel und Lamme Goedzak und ihren heldenmäßigen fröhlichen und glorreichen Abenteuern im Lande Flanden und anderwärts.  Deutsch von Karl Wolfskehl. Mit Holzschnitten von Frans Masereel.  2 Volumes
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München, Kurt Wolff, (1926). With a frontispiece and 150 partly full-page original woodcuts and 18 woodcut initials by   Frans Masereel. XLIII, (1), 496, (2) pp.; (6), 534, (6) pp., First edition, printed in 1600 copies. This is one of 1500 unnumbered copies. The woodcuts were printed from the original blocks. Text sl. darkened. In full calf with 5 raised bands on the spines. A very unique set, corners of binding very slightly rubbed. 

On page [1] Arnold Frank, the film producer, has written an 18 line poem in ink, dated 24th May 1928 and signed Arnold Franck. this is followed by the signature Leni Reifenstahl (as opposed to Riefenstahl) 

Arnold Fanck ( 1889 - 1974,  pioneer of the German mountain film. 
Leni Riefenstahl  [Helene Bertha Amalie] (1902 - 2003)  remained active into her late 90s, but was never able to shed the historical contamination that attached to her during the last half of her 101 years. Despite (some say because of) her demonstrated talent as actor, dancer, director, cinematographer, and still photographer, Riefenstahl could not shake off her Third Reich associations. 


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Franck's 1908 dedication and Signature Reifenstahl instead of Riefenstahl


Dedication enlarged