Wien und Leipzig: Wiener Verlag, 1903.
Superb original color pictorial, highly decorative publisher's geometrically illustrated wrappers printed in green, yellow and black, on both covers, by famed Jugendstil illustrator Berthold Lˆffler. Half-title, and ornaments throughout, by Lˆffler. Each page with green head and tail pieces. Heiner Schwarzís book plate on inner front panel, designed by Fritz Nettel. Cover slightly worn at spine. Pages yellowed due to acidic paper. Near fine condition. Extremely scarce, the second earliest monograph on Gustav Klimt, and one of the earliest books by Felix Salten, the Austrian writer, member of Jung-Wien, the society of Viennese fin de siËcle writers. Jung-Wien was the literary equivalent of the Wiener Secession, and members of these circles were close friends and associates. Thus evidently the first monographs on the Secessionists were written by the members of Jung-Wien, and obviously these books were designed and illustrated by the artists of the Secession. This very early monograph on Gustav Klimt is one of these publications whose cover and ornaments were designed by Berthold Lˆffler the outstanding painter and printmaker of the artist group.
Price: $4,250.00 Item #4883