Edgar Pässler collection on B. Traven

Edgar Pässler collection on B. Traven


 Edgar Passler  Werkausgabe B. Traven,1977-1984
      Edgar Pässler Werkausgabe B. Traven edited by Edgar Pässler (Frankfurt am Main: Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1977-1984)
 Kunst der Indianer, title page mockup  Letter from Traven to Preczang, 1925
Mock-up of title page for B. Traven's Kunst der Indianer, Büchergilde Gutenberg, 1930 (unpublished) Letter from B. Traven to Ernst Preczang, August 8, 1925

Finding Aid
by Heidi L. Hutchinson

Edgar Pässler (1930-2005) was Editor-in-Chief and Head of Program Planning at Büchergilde Gutenberg, Frankfurt from 1962 to 1995. Between 1977 and 1982 he edited the as yet only complete B. Traven works edition. In the course of this project, he traveled to Mexico several times and met with Rosa Elena Lujan, Traven's widow. He received many materials from her, among them the complete Kunst der Indianer manuscript, original photographs and some letters. Pässler also received the Traven-related files from the Zürich offices of the Büchergilde Gutenberg when it closed. This includes contracts and business correspondence, including the extensive exchanges between Traven and Ernst Preczang, his first Büchergilde editor from 1926 to 1933, as well as Josef Wieder and the Büchergilde Gutenberg Zürich, who represented Traven in later years. These documents provide a fascinating publishing history of Traven's works as well as a glimpse into the writer's temperament and attitude when it came to publishing his books. The UCR Libraries acquired this collection in 2007.


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