Van Nuys, CA: Barbara J. Raheb, 1980. 24 pp. Approximately 15/16 x 5/8". LIMITED EDITION of 300 copies, this being #87. Brown pyroxylin spine with gilt lettering, marbled paper covers, illustrated, signed by the publisher, Barbara J. Raheb. A fine copy. (Bradbury, Barbara J. Raheb, 204)
The town of Hamelin, Germany was the origin of this legend. The story is of a rat-catcher who lures the rats away from the town but exacts his revenge when he doesn't get paid for the deed. The earliest known record of this story is from the town of Hamelin itself, depicted in a stained glass window created for the church of Hamelin, which dates to around AD 1300. Although it was destroyed in 1660, several written accounts have survived.