Wien & Leipzig: Verlag Gerlach & Shenk; Verlag von E. A. Seemann, 1898, 1899.
First edition. Two separate large, square quartos. The First Two Years, Essentially Containing Most of the Important Production of the Journal. 24 Issues, Bound similarly in green cloth spine with brown morocco labels, attractive decorative paper covered boards. Very scarce, the first two years of this seminal organ and vehicle for the Viennese Secession, featuring fabulous Jugenstil art comprising full tinted illustrations by most of the celebrated Secessionist artists of the period such as Kolomon Moser, Joseph Hoffman, Gustave Klimt, Max Liebermann, Alphonse Mucha, J. Olbrich, and many more as well as literary work including Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Maurice Maeterlinck, Knut Hamsun, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Richard Dehmel, Ricarda Huch, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, Josef Maria Auchentaller and Arno Holz. The magazine of the Union of Fine Artists of Austria, featuring the famous color lithographed covers, partly covlored illustrations, line drawings and photographs throughout. 24 integrated illustrated original wrappers for each volume of the two year run. The complete first two years of the representative magazine of the Viennese secession founded in 1897, the "sacred greeting," a metaphor for a rushing spring storm. Josef Hoffmann and publishers wanted to explain and express their disdain of war, the rigid Byzantine art structures, by presenting cutting-edge art of the Vienese Secession founding artists, and proudly declared: "We know no distinction between high art and small art between art for the rich and art for the poor. Art is common." Rarely seen, the first two years of publication, bound in matching bindings (modern). The first issue of 1898 with some wrapper marginal tears and mimimal clear tape, a few other with very minor repari; on the whole, near fine with 95% virtually unaffected by age.
Price: $5,500.00 Item #4410