This is a copy of the 1912 first English edition, which was limited to 1000 copies - this is number 731. This book is in very good condition for its age. The covers are quarter leather over paper on boards with gold lettering on the spine, and there is a 1" x 1" stain on bottom R/H corner of front cover ( which can be seen in the first picture). The top edge is gilt (which is worn) and the other edges are untrimmed. There is slight damage to top right hand corner, minor scuffing to back cover and on page 55 there is a slight tear and crease but the text is quite legible. There is an inked inscription on frontispiece. The endpapers are lightly foxed, but the main pages are clear apart from a few ink transfers and minimal marking.
"The Adventurous Simplicissimus"is a picaresque novel of the lower Baroque style, written in 1668 by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen and probably published the same year (although bearing the date 1669). Inspired by the events and horrors of the Thirty Years' War which devastated Germany from 1618 to 1648, it is regarded as the first adventure novel in the German language and the first German novel masterpiece. The novel is told from the perspective of its protagonist Simplicius, a rogue or picaro typical of the picaresque novel, as he traverses the tumultuous world of the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years' War. Raised by a peasant family, he is separated from his home by foraging dragoons and is adopted by a hermit living in the forest, who teaches him to read and introduces him to religion. The hermit also gives Simplicius his name because he was so simple that he did not know what his own name was. After the death of the hermit, Simplicius must fend for himself. He is conscripted at a young age into service, and from there embarks on years of foraging, military triumph, wealth, prostitution, disease, bourgeois domestic life, and travels to Russia, France, and to an alternative world inhabited by mermen. The novel ends with Simplicius turning to a life of hermitage himself, denouncing the world as corrupt.