Wartburg-Lieder aus dem lyrischen Festspie; Inscribed by Franz Liszt
Wartburg-Lieder aus dem lyrischen Festspiel: Der Brunt Willkomm auf Wurtburg.
Item Number: 88565
Leipzig: C.F.K. Kahnt, 1873.
Large-paper presentation issue, first edition. Quarto, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication to B. von Arnswald, the commandant of Wartburg Castle, dated the year of publication. In very good condition. Books signed and inscribed by Franz Liszt are uncommon.
Franz Liszt wrote these songs in honor of the marriage of the Grand Duke's son Crown Prince Carl August to Princess Pauline, and was in attendance at their first performance at the Castle in August 1873. The present edition would appear to be a large-paper variant, with a charming title vignette of the Castle. The recipient, van Arnswald, was a painter and engraver, and the previous year Arnswald had made a drawing of Liszt at the piano.