No. 44 of 100 copies of „Prince Salamud’s Poems of Love“, gorgeously illustrated by Mariette Lydies, 1924
Mariette LYDIS (Illustr.): MINIATUREN. 18 bound in chromolithographic and collotyped plates. No. 44 of 100 copies. Potsdam: 1924.
Mariette LYDIS (Illustr.), Ernst Erich SCHWABACH (Typ.): MINIATUREN. 18 bound in chromolithographic and collotyped plates on gilt stock, all tipped-in cardboard passepartouts. Potsdam: Müller & Co. 1924.
8vo (20:17,7 cm). 44 leaves [2 leaves (1st gilt and 2nd end paper)], [40 leaves, double bound in 20 (title leaf, 18 leaves with poems and corresponding tipped-on colour plates, [ 1 leaf (colophon)], [1 leaf (2nd gilt end paper)]. Letterpress, chromolithography, collotype. Fully grained ruby red morocco with gilt decorative cover illustration incorporating floral motives as well as gilt spine title, and gilt end papers.
No. 44 (of only 100) numbered preferential copies on Japan paper of this gorgeous bibliophile edition of „Prince Salamud’s Poems of Love“.
Content, Illustration: The book contains 18 love poems by a Prince Salamud for his worshipped Queen Risawatta, arranged by expressionist writer and publisher Erik-Ernst Schwabach. The striking colour drawings depicting mainly Indian motives, for this edition reproduced on 18 vivid chromolithographic and collotyped plates on luminous gilt stock, are an early work by the illustrious Austrian born artist of Jewish origin Mariette Lydis (1887-1970), who gained reputation as book illustrator in the avant-garde circles of Paris during the 1920s and 1930s.
Condition: Binding at edges and corners in some parts minimally bumped, otherwise very well indeed.
Rarity: According to the colophon 1100 copies of a trade edition were also printed. They were bound either in cardboard or in vellum and supplied in a slipcase. Even these are hard to find today, copies of present numbered preferential edition however are almost undetectable. Even more so because parts of this small print run were separated as De Luxe copies (see e.g. copy no. 25 formerly in my stock, book no. 5699K). JAP/APO shows only 3 auction results of present preferential edition since 1998, where of two bound in rub red morocco.
Reference: Volmer III, 278 (Lydis).