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SLOVENIAN POETRY IN GERMAN LANGUAGE / WWI: Slovenische Kriegs- und Soldaten- Lieder [Slovenian War and Soldier Poems]


A collection of Slovenian national and famous poems was translated into German during WWI, to encourage the Slovenian soldiers, who were fighting for the Austrian emperor against Italians.

This is a rare luxury edition, which was issued on hand-made paper in 50 examples only, all of which were signed by the editor and translator Dr. Rudolf von Andrejka and given as presents to various important people.


Small 4°. 65 pp. on hand made paper,  [1] index, interleaved 17 illustrations, original blue debossed card wrappers, cover with lettering and mounted image, originally bound together with a string, handwritten dedication by the author on the first blank page (light foxing, minor scratches on the back cover, otherwise in a good condition).


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This unusual collection of Slovenian poems and songs was gathered during WWI, to support the Slovenian soldiers, fighting on the side of the Austrian emperor. The songs translated into German, all with motifs of war and victory, are old national poems without known authors or were written in the 19th century by famous authors.

The patriotic work, illustrated by known artists, was made to show the equality of the Slovenian soldiers with the Austrian ones in Austro-Hungary during the war and to encourage them to fight for the borders of their homeland. In reality, many Slavic soldiers were hoping to gain an independence from Austro-Hungary and join with other South Slavic nations in a new country, what would in a couple of years become known as Yugoslavia.

This example is one of the 50, which were printed on hand made paper, signed by the author and dedicated to various esteemed persons.

The translator and editor Dr. Rudolf von Andrejka (1880-1948) was a Slovenian lawyer, professor and author in Austria-Hungary and later in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

This example was dedicated to Fran Vidic (1872-1944), a translator, editor and a bibliophile. Vidic, who was the first translator of the Slovenian esteemed poet France Prešeren into German and helped erecting a monument to the poet in the centre of Ljubljana, was shot by the Gestapo in WWII as a sympathiser of the partisan movement.  

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