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Street & Smith, NY, 1894 (copyright). Illustrated by H. M. Eaton w/ numerous small woodcuts throughout. Translated from the German by Mary J. Safford. Wine cloth, gilt letters. Spine bumping, hd & ft, corners. Various rubs & blemishes to both boards, and throughout text. Spine gilt has dulled and there is a dark spot in the middle of the title. Tightly bound. 282 pages + 4 pgs of ads.
Extremely rare in a 1st Edition, of any condition.
"The handsome young hero is from the merchant class of Germans; his father had made an immense fortune in a mill, which the son had largely squandered at the gaming table and upon a beautiful dancer. His life breaks his mother’s heart, her sudden death bringing his reckless career to a standstill. He determines to reform, and is upheld in his intentions by the young Baroness who lives in “the opposite house.” These young people love each other, but for a long time are separated by class prejudices, and the bitter enmity of a discarded mistress and her equally unscrupulous partner in vice." Publishers’ Weekly. [Book News, Volume 13, Number 150, page 296.]
Nataly von Eschstruth (17 May 1860 – 1 December 1939) was the pen name of the German novelist Nataly von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff. She was a German author who wrote "The Gray Nun", "A Priestess of Comedy", "A Princess of the Stage", "Her Little Highness", and others.
She was the daughter of a Hessian officer and was educated in Berlin. In 1880, she married Captain Franz Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, and after some travel lived at Schwerin. She started writing short stories and plays early in her life. Of these plays, Karl Augusts "Brautfahrt" and "Die Sturmnixe" found their way to the stage. Her rapidly sketched novels and stories soon gained popularity and some reached several editions.