London: Hogarth Press, 1961.
1st English Language Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Good+ in Good+ dust jacket. Item #15141
Gift inscription on half-title page, lengthy inscription on dedication and contents pages, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket price clipped, stained rear cover, light edgewear with small chips and tears. Solid hardcover. ; "This is the first complete English translation of Rilke's Stunden-Buch. Dr Peck, while adhering as closely as possible to Rilke's own metres, has endeavoured to provide for readers whose knowledge of German is small a version which is in some degree capable of taking the place of the original and of conveying some impression of its poetic qualities. The Book of Hours was written between 1899 and 1903. As Professor Mason points out in his illuminating introduction, Rilke disliked and disparaged nearly all the poetry which he had written before the New Poems of 1907, but he made an exception of The Book of Hours ... The reason for his attitude toward this book is chiefly that he wrote the first part of it when in a kind of trance which lasted for over three weeks, and only with the greatest of his works, Sonnets to Orpheus and Duino Elegies, did he have so intense and prolonged an experience of inspiration." First Edition, First Printing in Dust Jacket of this significant Rilke work. ; 140 pages.