[Wien]: Gredruckt bei Josef Ludwig, Josefstadt, . First edition. Broadside, approx. 20 x 16.5 inches. Two corners clipped, some dust-soiling; in very good condition. Item #17861
A proposal that revolutionary Vienna—”die Wiege und Zwingburg der jungen Freiheit”—would best be defended were the walls around the inner city in fact dismantled. (Löve argues the best bulwark against invasion is the National Guard and the zeal of its citizens, and that the masons of the city in any event would be unable to repair the damage caused by artillery—which would seem to have been borne out by the bombardment of October 31.) Löve makes the further argument that filling in the moat would provide space for building development, improve the health of the inner city, and create more safe commercial intercourse between the city and the Vorstädte. Though not found on OCLC or the KVK, this broadside noted in James E. Walsh, 1848 Austrian Revolutionary Broadsides and Pamphlets: A Catalogue of the Collection in the Houghton Library Harvard University (1976), page 143, which assigns the broadside a date of June 31, 1848. (Walsh notes a number of the broadsides were annotated with dates in a contemporary hand.) Löve was most likely one of the university students of Vienna: of the six (or possibly seven) titles from Löve noted in Walsh, one is signed in type “Redacteur [I] der Studentenzeitung” and another “Redakteur des Stürmers.”.