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 superb drawings (plates) by Karl Walser, noted Swiss artist, designer and illustrator. The first issue of Walser's first publication, printed on laid paper, the illustrations by Karl Walser on Japanese paper. From the brother of the poet, Robert Walser, Kark 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. Some cover creasing, one lateral fold, spine worn, pieces missing, but mostly intact, hinges weakened. 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.
Price: $1,500.00 Item #4314