Scarce Art Nouveau set with 80 half-tone plates of female nudes, 1904

KÖRPERSCHÖNHEIT DES WEIBES [The Beauty of the Female Body]. Vol. 1-4 (of 5). With 80 toned half-tone plates reproducing photographies by several photo artists. Stuttgart: 1904.

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Bruno MEYER et al.: DIE KÖRPERSCHÖNHEIT DES WEIBES [The Beauty of the Female Body]. Vol. 1-4 (of 5). With 80 toned half-tone plates, each tipped-in black mould board and guarded by transparent decorated tissue paper, thus reproducing photographies by René le Bègue, C. de Clugny, Hans Hildebrand, Hermann Ludwig Jan, A. Lemoine, Gunther Plüschow, Otto Schmidt and A. Schneider. Stuttgart: Klemm and Beckmann 1904. Demy 4to. 93 leaves (of text within decorative frames) und 80 plates. Differently coloured original cloth with a half-tone photographic reproduction affixed to each front cover and white typographic cover title in Art Nouveau style.

Contents, Illustration: Profusely illustrated and elaborately produced Art Nouveau set about the female nude. Each of the 4 volumes (5th volume is missing, as usual) contains 20 tissue-guarded and captioned plates, with tipped-in toned high quality half-tone reproductions of photographies showing female nudes in artistic study scenes. The scientific pretension of the project is attempted by texts deriving from psychologist Gustav Fritsch, as well as art historians Bruno Meyer and Konrad Wahr. Also printed on mould paper within decorative frames theses contributions oscillate between fine arts (e.g. photography), anatomy and ideas of the „Lebensreform“-movement concerning vulgarity and morals.

Condition: Covers in parts worn, edges and corners slightly bumped and with small tears, rear cover of vol. 4 with small tear, front cover of vol. 1 broken, otherwise well preserved set of this highly collectable edition, rare even in single volumes and especially in cloth.

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Weight 4 kg