Bunte Steine, Bd. 1: Granit, Kalkstein, Turmalin

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


Back in 1842/43, the Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868) announced his plan to publish a volume with narratives for children. Stifter worked every so often as a private teacher and taught among others the son of State Chancellor Metternich. It would take until 1853, for the two volumes of the "Coloured Stones" with three narratives respectively to appear in print. Volume I contains "Granite", "Limestone" and "Tourmaline", volume II "rock crystal", "mica" and "rock milk". With the exception of "Katzensilber" ("mica"), all narratives are redacted from earlier versions. In the foreword to the "Coloured Stones", Stifter defends himself, among other things, against his critiques who reproach him for only noticing the small and unimportant. He explains his opinion on the "sanfte Gesetz" (gentle law). The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) owns the master copy for printing of the narratives in the book version, and in addition, of several sheets discarded by them in the journal or in the book version. Volume III of the exemplar in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Cgm 8071(3) includes "notes" by Adalbert Stifter, which similar to the "annotations" to the "Nachsommer" (Cgm 8072(4) were made during the writing process. These are notes as foundation for the redaction of the respective pages, some kind of "interim result of the revision of those sheets, which Stifter had already taken out of the manuscript but which up to the moment of their examination and revision had been considered clean copies" (Walter Hettche). Datum: 2016


Peter Czoik

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