STOLTZE, Friedrich (1816-1891)
[YIDDISH] Gedichte in Frankfurter Mundart
Frankfurt am Main : H. Keller, 1880. Fourth edition (“Vierte stark vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage”). Duodecimo (155 x 115 mm), original embossed cloth boards lettered and decorated in gilt (very lightly rubbed), front hinge split, all edges gilt, pp viii, 376, with numerous lithographed illustrations; internally very clean, a good copy.
The Frankfurt dialect of German is linguistically remarkably close to the Yiddish of the German Jewry called Mauscheln (“talk like Moses”) spoken in the eighteeenth and nineteenth centuries. Indeed, this dialect was the language of choice for members of the Frankfurt Jewry, and they have always identified strongly with it.
The present volume is a collection of poems in the Frankfurt dialect by the writer Friedrich Stoltze, published in several editions during the second half of the nineteenth century. Stoltze’s poetry and song was extremely popular with the city’s Jewish readership.