De Luxe edition on Japan, in morocco clamshell box by Bauhaus bookbinder Otto Dorfner, 1924

Mariette LYDIS (Illustr.): MINIATUREN. 18 chromolithographic and collotyped plates on gilt stock and booklet. Potsdam: Müller & Co. 1924.

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Mariette LYDIS (Illustr.): MINIATUREN. 18 chromolithographic and collotyped plates on gilt stock, all tipped-in black cardboard passepartout maps, as well as text by Ernst-Erich Schwabach. Potsdam: Müller & Co. 1924.

8vo (21:18:3,5 cm). [24 nn. leaves]; 18 colour plates. Letterpress, chromolithography, collotype. Fully grained black morocco clamshell box, gilt title on spine and front flap, as well as gilt line tooling on boards and spine, coated inside with hand made marbled and gilt end papers, all in original cardboard slipcase covered with red and black colour paper; original vellum in Japanese binding.

No. 25 (of 100) luxury copies of this gorgeous De Luxe edition of „Prince Salamud's Poems of Love“, printed on Japan paper, numbered and signed by the artist in the colophon and presented in a splendid morocco clamshell box by Bauhaus bookbinder Otto Dorfner.

Content, Illustration: The accompanying booklet 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.

Binding: For present luxury edition Otto Dorfner, one of the leading German artist bookbinders of it's time and also teacher at the Weimar Bauhaus (1919-22), has created a fully grained black morocco clamshell box dominated by an elegant line tooling, for which motive he was famous for.

Condition: Due to it's protection in the original slipcases very well indeed.

Rarity: Luxury copies of this edition are particularly rare. ABPC (1973ff.), Drouot Digital, LotSearch and JAP/APO record only 1 copy at auction (2006).

Reference: Volner III, 278

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Weight 2 kg