Gorgeously illustrated, bibliophile compilation of songs by Franz Schubert, 1921

[Franz SCHUBERT]; Erich SCHÜTZ (Illustr.): SCHUBERT-LIEDER FÜR SINGSTIMME MIT PIANOFORTEBEGLEITUNG. With 12 tipped-in colour offset plates. Vienna and Leipzig: 1921.

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[Franz SCHUBERT]; Erich SCHÜTZ (Illustr.), Franz J. LISTL (Ed.): SCHUBERT-LIEDER FÜR SINGSTIMME MIT PIANOFORTEBEGLEITUNG. Edited by Franz J. Listl. With 12 tipped-in colour offset plates after watercolour drawings by Erich Schütz. Vienna and Leipzig: Artur Wolf Verlag (Figaro [scores], Gesellschaft für Graphische Industrie [text, binding]) 1921.

4to. [2 leafs (front end paper, fly leaf)], 159 [1] pages, [2 leafs (fly leaf, rear end paper)]. Colour offset and offset on document paper, bound in original publisher's half morocco with gilt ornamental title printing on front cover and spine, boards covered with and end papers made of violet paste paper, blue coloured top edge.

No. 113 of 250 numbered and signed preferential copies of this gorgeously illustrated compilation of songs by musical genius Franz Schubert, published by Vienna bibliophile editor Artur Wolf.

Contents: Present volume contains scores and texts of the complete cycle »Die schöne Müllerin“ (20 songs), as well as other 46 of Schubert's most popular songs.

Illustration: All scores, originally engraved and reproduced in bright offset for this volume, are accompanied by illustrated title vignettes, 12 of them also by tipped-in colour offset plates on glossy paper after watercolours by Austrian painter and illustrator Erich Schütz (1886-1937). Schütz also signed all copies of present preferential edition by hand below the colophon. Arthur Wolf's publishing house devoted itself exclusively to the „beautiful book“, and despite it's short existence shaped Vienna bibliophile book production of the interwar years.

Binding: The preferential edition of Schubert's songs were bound either in leather or half-leather, like present. Particularly noteworthy is the elegant violet paste paper used for covering the boards and for the endpapers.

Condition: Spine gilt in parts faded, else in fine condition.

Reference: Murray Hall: Österreichische Verlagsgeschichte, Vol. II, p. 476ff. (Artur Wolf).