Sunday, 7 February 2010

Ludwig Tieck: Merkwurdige Lebensgeschichte Sr. Majestat Abraham Tonelli (Vienna-1930ies) - Illustrations by Erwin Tintner

Not sure of the exact publication date of this one - I can only assume it was sometime in the thirties. I haven't a clue about the subject matter either as my German is non-existent! There are pirates, doctors, wolves together with a harlequin and Napoleon for good measure - I'd love to know what the story is about. The illustrations are so expresive and witty while being drawn in such simple lines. There are eight coloured plates in the book and sixty black & white ones, all full of funny characters in strange situations!

Erwin Tintner(1885-1957) was an Austrian illustrator, affiliated with Joseph Binder's atelier in Vienna (1924-38) according to website (

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