Der Lehr=und Weisheitbegierige Jüngling. CEBES, Christoph Paul Spieß.
Der Lehr=und Weisheitbegierige Jüngling.
Der Lehr=und Weisheitbegierige Jüngling.

Der Lehr=und Weisheitbegierige Jüngling.

Nürnberg, M. Endter 1659.

8vo (154 x 98 mm.). [xvi], 127, [1]p. PRINTED MUSIC.

Contemporary gilt vellum over stiff paper boards (soiled), outer partly pointillé roll with semicircles and flowers, inner corner volutes, central oval wreath stamp, flat spine gilt.

 A PAINTING GOES ON STAGE. Only Edition, “VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN” (Kurth & Haberkamm, tr.). Spieß created this comedy for students at the St. Egidien lower school in Nürnberg.
            This dramatic reworking of the ancient literary reconstruction of a lost Greek painting of the journey of human life — Table of Cebes — depicts dangers and temptations. TWENTY-SIX CHILDREN, AGES FIVE TO FIFTEEN, PERFORMED THE THIRTY-EIGHT SPEAKING PARTS IN THIS THREE-ACT SIXTEEN-SCENE PLAY in which Seduction, Female Lust, Gambler, Surveyor, Nobleman, Poet, Math Teacher, Greed, Wisdom, Physician, Philosopher, Strength, Ambition, Blame, Geography and twenty-two more entertain and instruct. Even without the ten walk-on Infantes, ages two to six, the playwright clearly had his hands full.
            Joh. Gotthard Spieß (age thirteen), who played Greed and Astronomer, and two Endter boys, sons of the book’s printer figured among the thespians. Johann Georg (nine) held the role of the Compassion, while Balthasar Joachim (also nine) took on Pride and Historian, before a long career in printing and publishing (d. 1719).
            The leading Nürnberg musician of the time, Paul Hainlein (1626-86), who taught at the St. Egidien school, wrote the seven strophic songs sung by the children (music pp. 117-27).
            A fine copy, undoubtedly for presentation.
¶Brüggemann & Brunken, Handbuch zur Kinder- und Jugendliteratur von 1570 bis 1750 884; Rammensee, Bibliographie der Nürnberger Kinder-und Jugendbücher 1522-1914 1454.
            Kurth & Haberkamm, “Christoph Paul Spieß: Der Lehr-und Weisheitbegierige Jüngling Ein Nürnberger Schul-Drama nach dem Modell der Tabula Cebetis” in Simpliciana XI (1989) 129-148.
            RISM B 8, 165934 (ÖNB BSB) & RISM H 1858 (6 songs); Eitner, Biographisch-bibliographisches Quellen-Lexikon der Musiker IX: 226; Samuel, The Cantata in Nuremberg during the Seventeenth Century 16-19 & 342,9.
            Hoffmann, Bibliographisches Lexicon der…Litteratur der Griechen I: 445; Goedeke, Grundrisz zur Geschichte der deutschen Dichtung III: 221; VD17 23:252691L.

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