Gerhart Hauptmann (15 November 1862 – 6 June 1946) was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912.
This is a fairytale in blank verse, a fairy drama where the chief human character is Heinrich, a master bellfounder who has completed his crowning work, a bell which is to be hung in a church on a mountain inhabited by sprites. Through the hostility of the sprites, the wagon bearing the bell is overthrown and the latter is sunk in a mountain lake. Heinrich is injured and is nursed by the chief personage of the drama, Rautendelein, half child, half fairy, whose love changes Heinrich's standards and brings about the death of his wife.
Bound in greyish blue with a decorated front cover in dark grey silver and red with gilt lettering, depicting an unfortunate swan. Small ink mark on upper spine, slight bumping to corners. Pages beginning to show a little age toning, but text block edges are bright gilt. Ribbon page marker intact, decorative end papers are especially attractive.
As a non-speaker of German, I have no idea as to the merits of the drama, but the book's condition is remarkably excellent for its age.