Hungarian Art Nouveau architecture, rare album with 40 collotype plates, 1910

Gyula KOSZTOLÁNYI: ARCHITEKTONISCHE SKIZZEN UND STUDIEN. 40 Blätter in Lichtdruck. Vienna: [1910].

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Gyula KOSZTOLÁNYI [also KANN]: ARCHITEKTONISCHE SKIZZEN UND STUDIEN. 40 Blätter in Lichtdruck. [ARCHITECTURAL SKETCHES AND STUDIES. 40 collotype plates after drawings with ink, coal, pencil and colour pencil, as well as water-colours.] Vienna: Schroll [1910].

26:5:20,5 cm. [2 nn. leaves (title, preface], 40 plates on light glossy boards. Original ochre cloth (Hermann Scheibe, Vienna, for the publisher) with azure blue and silver pictorial cover title.

First edition of this second series of impressive and detailed architectural sketches of mostly Hungarian Art Nouveau churches, castles, country houses, monuments, crypts, tombs etc.

Content: A renown painter and architect, Gyula Kosztolányi (1868-1945) was a substantial contributor to the Hungarian Art Nouveau movement, trying to find it‘s nation a genuine architectural language between Otto Wagner's straight Vienna forms and the more ornate byzantine traditions of the Balkans. A first series of Kosztolányi's sketches had been published in 1902, also by Schroll, a Viennese editor specialising on the arts and architecture.

Condition: Cover slightly bumped at corners and joints, boards minimally stained and with slight wear, title page and some plates slightly finger-stained and and with very little spotting, overall a very good copy with bright collotype plates and an attractive binding by Hermann Scheibe, the Austrian emperor's bookbinder.

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Weight 2 kg