A quality proof of Budapest Art-Déco book production of the times
BASCH, Árpád (Design): Muzsikaszó [The Sound of Music]. Publishers's pattern book for potential subscribers. 22 plates and 22 full-paged illustrations. Budapest: (s.a., 1911).
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BASCH, Árpád; PAP, Zoltán (Hg.): Muzsikaszó [The Sound of Music]. Regény dalban [Romantic Songs]. Publishers’s pattern book for potential subscribers. 22 plates and 22 full-paged illustrations, where of 16 coloured and 16 tipped-in, partly on gold and multi-coloured paper, as well as 10, mainly multi-coloured vignettes, initials and text illustrations. Design in Art Déco-style by Árpád Basch. Budapest: A Petöfi-Társagág Kiadàsa [Petöfi Publishing House] (s.a., 1911). Folio. 28,7 : 37 cm. [1 (front paper), 1 (Ex Libris), 1 (title), 43, 1 (end paper)] leafs. Original publisher’s white calico with leather structure on wooden boards, with gilt and multi-colour embossed cover illustration and title in secession style as well as multi-colour illustrated end papers.
Luxurious publisher’s pattern book for an extensive collection of traditional Hungarian folk songs published in the same year under the label of Athenaeum Publishing house. Probably compiled for potential subscriber’s this pattern book contains song texts printed with decorative typeface, musical scores with ornamental vignettes and surrounding illustrations. Most of all this item is profusely illustrated with an great number of mainly full-paged and multi-colour high quality reproductions of paintings and drawings by Hungarian artists Gyula Benczúr, István Bosznay, Gyula Éder, Sándor Endrey, Gyula Háry, Ferencz Innocent, Gyula Istvánffy, Béla Juszkó, Nándor Kátona, Bertalan Karlovszky, L. Kézdi-Kovács, Endre Komáromi-Kacz, Tihamér Margitay, Vilmos Nagy, Antal Neogrády, Sándor Nyilassi, János Pentelei Molnár, Húgo Poll, Imre Revész, Gyula Stetka, Artúr Tölgyessy, Ákos Tolnay, Géza Udvary, Ignácz Uváry, Zsigmond Vajda, Géza Vastagh and the designer of the book, the painter and graphic artist Árpád Basch (1873-1944), mainly in naturalist, impressionist and secessionist style. The reproductions are executed with different high quality printing techniques (e.g. photogravure) on 22 plates and 22 leafs resp. Interestingly this pattern book contains a complete set of the later edition’s plates as compared with the only traceable edition worldwide in the Leipzig University Library. In addition preceded elaborate specimen is elegantly bound by the renown Budapest bookbinder Gottermayer and also incorporates some paper patterns for the forthcoming book edition.
Cover with minimal traces of use, some of the plates slightly finger-stained, some pages and top cut slightly foxy, otherwise very fine copy indeed of this particularly rare and beautiful pattern book, a quality proof of Budapest printing and publishing of the times.