Leipzig: Insel, 1904.
First edition. Original printed light green paper covered boards with decorative and pictorial front cover in light gold. A scarce and attractive work, with eleven wonderful drawings (plates) by Karl Walser, noted Swiss artist, designer and illustrator. This is the first issue of Walser's first publication, printed on Japanese paper. Karl Walser, the brother of the poet Robert Walser, has designed the cover drawing and the calligraphy of the double title and the chapter headings. Encouraged by Walser's contributions to the magazine "The Island," the publisher had agreed to launch a small collection of previous works. There were 1300 copies printed by Breitkopf & H‰rtel. But the sale was a disaster, after a year, only 47 (!!) copies were sold. The remaining stock is said to have been sold in a department store. The fragile paper spine has been expertly repaired to yield a tight copy, in very good condtion. All plates and internal pages clean and bright. A delicate book. With superb woodcut bookplate (raven) of contemporary owner, Frieda Liermann (1877-1958), Swiss painter. Housed in an exquisite folding clamshell box by Sean Richards, with green morocco spine bearing gilt lettering and design, superb marbled paper covered boards over the box.
Price: $1,500.00 Item #4314