Berlin: F. Fontane & Co., 1897. 8vo, 64 pp, rebound in yellow card covers with handwritten title pastedown to front panel, backed in blue paper and blue cloth tape. First edition, presumed second state, with the Fontane publisher's label pastedown on the title page, over the original Kritik-Verlag imprint. With additions.
The rare first edition of Przybyszewski's obscure decadent text, and which in later years has become an important text to modern Satanism. The book is rare enough in the original edition, but this is also a very curious copy with additions. Inside the front board is pasted in a reproduction of Hans Baldung Grien’s engraving Two Witches, originally made in 1523, in which one of the witches is holding a bottle of quicksilver, which at that time was still a treatment for syphilis. On the blank page preceding the second book, there is pasted a reproduction of Hans Francken’s Der Hexensabbath. At the conclusion of the text is pasted in a newspaper clipping in German on Satanic orgies in Warsaw, dated in holograph January 1933. Pasted down over both endpapers is a reproduction of a 17th century broadside featuring an engraving by Matthaeus Merian the Elder after a drawing by Michael Herr, on various aspects of witchcraft.
OCLC locates only a single holding of this edition.
Battered and toned, with both hinges cracked. Good only. Item #28440