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    Franz Joseph Mone. [Reinhart Fuchs] Reinhart Fuchs Aus Dem Neunten Und Zwolften Jahrhundert. Stuttgart and Tuebingen: J.G. Cotta, 1832. Krown & Spellman retail: $150. 8vo. [8], 336, [1]p. Full and contemporary purple calf, gilt decoration, marbled endpapers, some foxing. First edition thus. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: "Reynard the Fox, a beast-epic, current in French, Dutch and German literature. The cycle of animal stories collected round the names of Reynard the Fox and Isengrim the Wolf in the 12th century seems to have arisen on the borderland of France and Flanders. Much of the material may be found in Aesop, in Physiologus, and in the 12th-century Disciplina Clericalis of Petrus Alfonsus. But the difference is very great. The intention of the trouveres who recited the exploits of Reynard was, in the earlier stages, in no sense didactic. The tales, like those of "Uncle Remus," were amusing in themselves; they were based on widely diffused folklore, and Reynard and his companions were not originally men disguised as animals. Jacob Grimm (Reinhart Fuchs, 1834) maintained their popular origin; his theories, which have been much contested, have received additional support from the researches of K. Krohn, who discovered many of the stories most characteristic of the cycle in existing Finnish folklore, where they can hardly have arrived through learned channels.. Reinardus vulpes (ed. F. J. Mone; Stuttgart, 1832), contains in addition the theft of the bacon, and how Isengrim is induced to fish with his tail. A simpler version,. derived probably from a French original, is Isingrines not, written in German about 1180 by the Alsatian Heinrich der Glichezare. Only fragments of this poem are preserved, but about a quarter of a century later it was re-written with little change in the subject matter as Reinhart Fuchs (ed. J. Grimm, Berlin, 1834;1834; and K. Reissenberger, Halle, 1886). [EB 11th] Menke, Reinardiana,426.

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