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THE ARMLESS FIDDLER: A PEDISCRIPT
THE ARMLESS FIDDLER: A PEDISCRIPT

THE ARMLESS FIDDLER: A PEDISCRIPT

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- Octavo, 8-1/4 inches high by 5-3/4 inches wide. Light rust brown cloth titled in black on the spine with a vignette in black on the front cover, in the original cream dust wrapper, titled and illustrated in sienna and blue on the front panel. The covers are rubbed and bumped. The soiled dust jacket is chipped & foxed with a large section out from the jacket's spine. 287 & [1] pages, illustrated with a frontispiece and 13 photographic illustrations on 11 plates. The edges of the book are foxed. Very good in a fair dust wrapper. First edition in English. Scarce.The Prussian-born violinist Carl Herrmann Unthan (1848-1929) was born without arms. Despite this handicap, Unthan was able to feed himself by the age of two and had taught himself to play the violin with his feet by the age of ten. Unthan attended a music conservatory and, by the age of 20, was performing in concert halls. He performed with classical orchestras in Vienna and subsequently added tricks to his repertoire, including deliberately setting up a string to snap during a performance so that he could startle the audience with his dexterity in replacing it during the concert. Unthan toured Cuba, Mexico, South America and Europe, finally moving to the United States where he settled and attained citizenship. He married Antoine Neschta with whom he had toured. Gerhard Hauptmann wrote in a character inspired by Unthan in his novel "Atlantis" and, when the novel was adapted as a Danish silent film, Hauptmann contractually insisted that Unthan himself would play the role of Arthur Stoss.His autobiography was first published in German in 1925 as "Das Pediscript".
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