Annual of the Sofia American College, designed in Art Deco-style, 1934

BOR. THE COLLEGE ANNUAL [OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE SOFIA]. With 12 tipped-in plates, numerous illustrations and a colour wood-cut title page. Sofia: 1934.

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BOR. THE COLLEGE ANNUAL [OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE SOFIA]. Fifth Volume. Published by the Students of The A. C. S. With 12 tipped-in coloured cliché-plates and numerous, mainly photographic illustrations, as well as colour wood-cut title page. Sofia: Self published („Otets Paisi“ [woodcuts], „Knipegraph“ [letterpress], „Photo Datsov“ [photography]) 1934.

Oblong 4to. 171 [13] pages. Woodcut, cliché, letterpress, bound in original cloth on black stock with gilt calligraphic title printing.

Gorgeously designed 5th annual of the American College, Sofia, a prestigious institution founded in 1928 and existing still today, strikingly composed with pictorial elements in Art-Deco-style and richly illustrated throughout.

Contents: The almanac contains a description of the newly built campus near Simeonovo (in the Vitosha district south of Sofia), presentations of the administration, faculty and students (seniors, classes of girls and boys), as well as notes about the charitable organisations run by the school. Furthermore it includes detailed information about student's activities like debating, dramatics, music, athletics, a chapter depicting caricatures, as well as musical scores for the „Song of the S.A.C.“

Illustration: Present album is elegantly type-faced and illustrated throughout, owed to contemporary modernist style of Art-Deco, e.g. by depicting geometrical ornamentation in between photo galleries. The photographic illustrations mainly show portraits of faculty members, alumnis and students, as well as interiors, buildings and the landscape around the school.

Binding: The solid cloth binding incorporating a spectacular title typography is executed by the Sofia bookbinder Hristo Mishkov.

Condition: Gilt title minimally work, first pages very slightly finger-stained, otherwise very well preserved copy indeed.

Rarity: Of outstanding rarity, OCLC/WorldCat and RBH show no copies at all in institutions and at auction, not of the present and not of any of the school's almanacs.

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Weight 4 kg