Monumental portfolio about embroidery in Bukovina, 1912
Erich KOLBENHEYER: DESIGNS OF THE HOME-INDUSTRY EMBROIDERIES IN BUKOVINA. 76 chromolithographic plates. Vienna: 1912.
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Erich KOLBENHEYER: MOTIVE DER HAUSINDUSTRIELLEN STICKEREI IN DER BUKOWINA. MOTIFS DE LA BRODERIE PAYSANNE EN BUKOVINE. DESIGNS OF THE HOME-INDUSTRY EMBROIDERIES IN BUKOVINA. 76 chromolithographic plates, whereof 1 after a painting (peasant girl at her embroidery) and 75 with specimen, 19 photographic reproductions, as well as foreword, and index of plates in German, French and English, index also with Romanian and Ruthenian (Ukrainian) derivations. Vienna: Imperial Ministry for Public Works and Bukovina Diet (K.k. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei) 1912.
Imperial Folio (49,5:33,5 cm). 121  pages on loose folded sheets, 76 chromolithographic plates on thick paper. Original publisher's cardboard clamshell box on cream stock with multicolour pictorial title printing on 3 flaps, spine and joints enforced with grey cloth.
Most comprehensive and exceedingly rare portfolio with striking chromolithographic plates in bright colours depicting an exceptionally rich range of drawn specimen with folkloristic embroidery designs from the highly diversified population of Austrian Crown land Bukovina.
Contents: Erich Kolbenheyer, then Director of the State Industrial School in Chernivtsi, travelled the territory nowadays parted between Ukraine and Romania for years, and there collected, drew, arranged as well as commented hundreds of embroidery designs mainly from the Romanian and Ruthenian (Ukrainians) peasant population. Foreword, all captions and an extensive index of plates in German, French and English, the index also with Romanian and Ruthenian (Ukrainian) derivations.
Present is the international edition of this monumental work. A local variant was published with texts in German, Romanian and Ruthenian (Ukrainian) and in half leather with gilt spine imprint. In 1974 a reprint was published.
Condition: Clamshell box at edges and corners partly bumped and with tears, boards in parts worn, one flap with repair, some sheets and plates with minor tears and time stained.