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Meersburg Prince’s Little House

Ornate volume of poetry by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff in the Meersburg Prince's Little House. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Markus Schwerer
A bookworm's treasures

The poet's works

A little-known fact: After Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's death, more than just the famous aunt and poet's personal keepsakes were preserved in the Prince's Little House; a collection of rare books and printed editions are also housed there.

Written page by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff at Meersburg Prince's Little House. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Markus Schwerer

Original writing with the poet's name.

Droste's first editions

The collections in the Prince's Little House include first editions of her works, as well as period editions of other famous authors, such as Goethe. These are accompanied by the magazines in which Droste-Hülshoff's works were first published, such as "Morgenblatt für gebildete Stände" (Morning Paper for the Well-Educated). This famous paper, published by the Cotta Verlag in Stuttgart, is where "The Jew's Beech" appeared as a serial in 1842. First editions of her own works and those of her close friend and confidant, Levin Schücking, as well as silhouettes of herself and Adele Schopenhauer can also be found here.

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