Bulletin Five
Two Families, One Home:
An Exile Library in Southern Vermont

To paraphrase Tolstoy, all exile libraries are alike, but each is different in its own way. The centerpiece sets of Goethe and Schiller that at home once signaled respectability and affiliation to German culture are now dead weight. But beyond that, each library has an individuality, representing a passage from a normal to an abnormal situation, and, in the best of circumstances, a triumph against adversity. So with the books in the present selection, which once belonged to the violinist Adolf Busch, his wife Frieda Busch, the piano virtuoso Rudolf Serkin, and his wife Irene Busch Serkin, all of whom came to settle on a farm in southern Vermont. They represent an itinerary, from the shards of the German and Austro-Hungarian empires to a remade Europe that eventually turned against their owners, a sojourn in Switzerland, and finally the establishment of a new and productive life in the United States. In its similarities the collection resonates with books we have from other sources, and we have included some of those cognates as well. Within the sections, with the exception of the first and last, items are listed chronologically so far as possible.

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THE BUSCH-SERKIN CIRCLE

1. Busch, Frieda. Tribute und ihre Wirkungen untersucht am Beispiel der französischen Zahlungen nach dem Krieg 1870/71. Basel, Buchdruck der National-Zeitung, 1936. Wrappers. Near very good with chips and tears along spine. Frieda Busch's PhD thesis, on a very interesting topic, the implications of the indemnities that France had to pay Germany after the Franco-Prussian War. (Two copies available.) $50

2. Busch, Irene (later Irene Busch Serkin). Undated. Two school notebooks from the "Schulen Basler-Stadt" concerning botany. The first with the first five pages only used, with hand-drawn and colored figures of the identifying characters of various trees such as the oak, beech, and elm. The second, entitled "Gartenhilfe," with the first twenty or so pages with diagrams of gardening equipment and a second section of 13 pages listing annuals (einjährige Gartenblumen) with details on their planting, time of blooming, and so on. Good condition. $40

3. Canetti, Elias. Die gerettete Zunge. Geschichte einer Jugend. München, Hanser, 1985. 7. Auflage. Fine copy in about fine dust jacket. Several-line inscription in German to Rudolf Serkin by Canetti dated 1985, thanking him for a wonderful evening. $250

4. Flaherty, Frances. The Odyssey of a Film Maker. Robert Flaherty's story. Urbana, Illinois, Beta Phi Mu, 1960. Cloth spine and striped paper boards. Very good copy in glassine dust jacket with an incomplete spine. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed to Irene and Rudolf Serkin. The Flahertys made their home in Dummerston, Vermont, not distant from the Serkins' home in Guilford, Vermont. $150

5. Gombrich, Ernst H. Eine kurze Weltgeschichte für junge Leser. Von der Urzeit bis zur Gegenwart. Köln, DuMont, 1985. Reprint of Gombrich's first book. Trade paperback. Fine copy. Inscribed on the title page: "Für Rudi u. Irene / von ihrem alten und am ältesten Bixl." / Gombrich, Ernst H. Künstler, Kenner, Kunden. Wien, Picus Verlag, (1993). 12mo, laminated boards. Wiener Vorlesungen im Rathaus, Bd. 19. Fine copy. Inscribed by Gombrich on the front free endpaper: "Für Irene / herzlichst von Bixl / März 1985."/ Gombrich, E[rnst] H., Art and Scholarship. An inaugural lecture delivered at University College London 14 February 1957. London, H. K. Lewis for the College, (1957). Wrappers. Very good. Laconically inscribed by Gombrich on the title page using his nickname. "Bixl" was a familiar name apparently used by Gombrich only with the Busches and Serkins. He first met Adolf Busch as a three-year-old. We would like to acknowledge the friendly assistance of the Gombrich archive and family in connection with these inscriptions. $75

6. Gombrich, E[rnst] H. The Sense of Order. A study in the psychology of decorative art. Oxford, Phaidon, 1979. 4to. First edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. Card laid in "With the compliments of the author." $40

7. Kokoschka, Oskar. Das schriftliche Werke. Band I. Dichtungen und Dramen. Band II. Erzählungen. Band III. Vorträge, Aufsätze, Essays zur Kunst. Hamburg, Hans Christian Verlag, 1973, 1974, 1975, respectively. Three volumes (complete). About fine copies in very good dust jackets with minor wear. Bd. II inscribed by Kokoschka on the half-title: "Für Irma u. Rudi / zu Weihnachten 1974 / herzlichst von Olda und OK." Bd. III signed by Kokoschka concluding an inscription on the half-title: "Happy New Year 76 / Olda und OKokoschka." The first line is written in cursive in ink of a different color, and prior to Kokoschka's signature the inscription is in a different hand, presumably that of his wife. $600

8. (Kokoschka) Spielmann, Hans. Oskar Kokoschka: Die Fächer für Alma Mahler. Hamburg, Hans Christian, 1969. Wrappers. Very long 8vo. Good copy, front wrapper with some scattered stains in the upper portion. With a gift inscription on the opening page, a blank, in Kokoschka's hand: "Very Happy Xmas 1969 / For Rudi and your darling wife / Yours OKokoschka and Olda." $250

9. (Mountaineering) Locatelli, Giovanni. Touren in Mont Blanc Gebiet. Typescript, 16 pp. Inscribed on front page to Rudolf Serkin, 28 Marz 1938. "Seinem lieben Brüder Rudolf Serkin v. Hohenberg(??), dem grossen Bergsteiger im Geiste, liebevoll, Giovanni Locatelli, 28 März 1938." If not the only copy made, probably by now unique. The writer began his journey with departure from Basel, where the Serkins and Busches were already living. We have not been able to find any further information on this individual. $75

10. Popper, Karl. Die Logik der Forschung. Zur Erkenntnistheorie der modernen Wissenschaft. Wien, Julius Springer, 1935. First edition. Original wrappers. Very good copy, front wrapper with faint diagonal crease in lower right quarter. A vastly influential book in the modern formulation of the scientific method. From the Busch-Serkin library (no marks of ownership). Popper and Serkin were early and lifelong friends; at the urging of Rudolf, Frieda Busch brought the book to the attention of Albert Einstein, who reacted very favorably to it. $2500

11. Rilke, Rainer Maria. Duineser Elegien. Leipzig, Insel, 1923. First trade edition. Salmon cloth. A poor but unique copy. Externally the binding is in fair condition. The book has been densely, virtually line by line, annotated by Frieda Busch. A typed letter signed by her dated 7 August, 1944 begins: "Liebe Adolf / Deinen Wunschen entsprechend habe ich versucht Rilke's Elegien zu deuten." The letter is followed by several typed sheets with a synopsis of sorts of the contents of the Elegien. Also present in typescript are a seven-page analysis of the First Elegy, and a breakdown of the Sixth Elegy; this particular elegy, two pages in length, is not annotated in the physical copy. $100

12. Serkin, Irene Busch (Herausg./Ed.) Adolf Busch. Briefe - Bilder - Erinnerungen. Walpole, New Hampshire, Arts and Letters Press, 1991. Wrappers. Very thick 8vo. Edition of 600 copies, printed for private circulation ("nicht für den Buchhandel bestimmt"). Fine copy. Foreword by Sir Ernst Gombrich in German. Letters reproduced in the original German and English. Color plate of Paul Klee's 1938 multimedia drawing Heroische Bogenstriche, inspired by Adolf Busch's playing. A second volume (not offered) translated the German contents into English. $45

13. (Wolff, Kurt) Peguy, Charles. Basic Verities. New York, Pantheon, 1943. 8vo. Cloth. Lacks dust jacket. Inscribed at Christmas, 1942, i.e., before publication, by Kurt Wolff entirely in French, beginning with a quotation of several lines from Peguy. Pantheon was founded in 1942 by Kurt and Helen Wolff. Tendered to an unnamed "amie patronale," but from the Busch-Serkin collection. $125

14. (Wolff, Helene and Kurt) Hesse, Hermann. Wanderung. Aufzeichnungen. Mit farbigen Bildern vom Verfasser. Berlin, Suhrkamp, 1949. Grey linen. Reissue of the 1920 S. Fischer edition. 14. bis 23. Auflage (continuation of the S. Fischer print-run numbering). Good copy, boards bit sprung with small cracks developing at ends of front inside hinge, endpapers browned. With a faint gift inscription on the front free endpaper from Helene and Kurt Wolff: "Für Rudi / in Liebe / Helene & Kurt / Weihnachten 1950." $60

 

GOETHEANA

15. Puchtinger, F. Goethe in Karlsbad. 1922. Near fine. Of all the voluminous secondary Goethe literature, this little volume has to be one of the prettiest. Lovely color pictorial binding and 12 hand-colored vignettes. $35

16. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Die Leiden des jungen Werther. Leipzig, Insel, 1923. 8vo. 7. Auflage. Red cloth with black title label, dust wrapper. Book very good with slight touches of fading at spine extremities. Dust wrapper good with some tears, plain except for a printed title on the spine, moisture mark in lower right corner of front panel that affects the binding and some initial pages. Five etchings reproduced in text, and a folding plate, a "Rötelstudie" or red-chalk drawing, showing Lotte giving Werther's servant the pistols he asked for (with which, of course, he killed himself). $25

17. Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Palaeophron und Neoterpe. Weimar 1800, 1813, 1819. Ein Festspiel zur Feier des 24. Oktobers 1800 von Goethe. n.pl. [Leipzig], Gustav Adolf Erich Bogeng, 1927. Large 4to. Boards. Hand-colored lithographic frontispiece after a drawing by H. Mayer engraved by Johann Gottlieb Boettger, and prepared for this edition by Albert Frisch. Good copy, fresh break (unfortunately) along lower right edge of spine, repaired. Total edition of five hundred seventy-five copies. Presented to the members of the Leipziger Bibliophilen-Abend by Herbert Schulz-Schomburgk. $50

 

GERMAN LITERATURE

Nineteenth Century

18. Jean Paul. Flegeljahre. Eine Autobiographie. Tübingen, Cotta, 1804-1805. Four volumes bound in two, vols. 1 & 2, and 3 & 4. Original boards. Gift inscription on front fly of first volume "Adolf Busch von Edgar Salin Weihnacht 1929." Very good set. $200

19. Arnim, Ludwig Achim von and Clemens Brentano, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Alte deutsche Lieder. Heidelberg, Mohr & Zimmer, 1806, 1808, 1808. First printings. Three volumes. A uniform set in very good condition, complete with all required titles and half-titles (no title page in the first volume, as always) and the supplement. Half leather, marbled boards and endpapers, all edges gilt, spines lettered in Gothic. Owner's signature "C. T. Arnold / Rugby / 1842" This must be Charles Thomas Arnold, who attended Rugby school and after leaving Oxford returned there as an assistant master starting in 1841. $7500

20. Quandt, G. [Johann Gottlob von]. Streifereien im Gebiete der Kunst auf einer Reise von Leipzig nach Italien im Jahr 1813. Drei Theile. Erster Theil [bis] Dritter Theil. Leipzig, F. A. Brockhaus, 1819. Blue-green paper boards with central vignette decorations. Three parts bound in one volume, all dated 1819. Half-titles and title pages to all three parts. First part is a second printing or issue; in the first issue of 1818, this is entitled the "erstes Bändchen" and the imprint is Leipzig and Nürnberg. In this volume the nomenclature of the three parts is uniform. Hand-written title label on spine, binding overall somewhat scruffy, but still as issued. No free endpapers or blanks front and rear, book opens to half-title of first part (name in upper right corner). After the three parts is a four-page "literary report" about Hermes, oder kritisches Jahrbuch der Literatur, published by Brockhaus, and a sheaf of publisher's ads. $300

21. Wurm, Ch[ristian Friedrich]. Commentar zu Göthe's west-östlichen Divan. Nürnberg, Johann Leonard Schrag, 1834. Private linen binding hand-lettered on spine with front wrapper of original brochure binding mounted on cover. Half-title (unnumbered) followed by p. 3, hence it appears that the cover served as the title page in the book's original state. $75

22. Streicher, Andreas. Schiller's Flucht von Stuttgart und Aufenthalt in Mannheim von 1782 bis 1785. Stuttgart & Augsburg, J. G. Cotta, 1835. 12mo. Cloth spine with title directly imprinted and diaper-grain boards. Contemporary or near contemporary binding, minimal traces of original blue wrappers in gutters. Very good copy. The author, a friend of Schiller, is identified in the introduction. $40

23. Simrock, Karl. Rheinsagen aus dem Munde des Volkes und deutscher Dichter. Für Schule, Haus und Wanderschaft. Bonn, Weber, 1837. Original boards. Monogram owner's signature on front free endpaper, pencil marks on rear endpapers. Boards soiled, about good. $100

Twentieth Century

24. Wedekind, Frank. Oaha. Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen. Berlin, Cassirer, 1909. Publisher's rather austere binding of black cloth with gold border rules, black leather title label with title in gold. Near fine copy, very sharp, few flecks in title label. The list of characters (Personen) has been annotated in light pencil, presumably contemporaneously, identifying the real-life persons on which some of the characters were based. These are figures associated with the Munich-based satirical weekly Simplicissimus, including Wedekind himself. $45

25. (Rilke) Andreas-Salomé, Lou. Rainer Maria Rilke. Leipzig, Insel, 1929. 5-7 Tausend. Cloth. Very good. $20

26. Kolb, Annette. Festspieltage in Salzburg. Amsterdam, Allert de Lange, 1937. [With] Festspieltage in Salzburg und Abschied von österreich. Amsterdam, Allert de Lange, 1938. First editions. 12mo, cloth. Second volume with photographic illustrations. First title fair with rough half-inch tear in spine at top right and top left edge of front board abraded, second title about very good. Edges very foxed. $35

27. Seghers, Anna. Das siebte Kreuz. Mexico City, El Libro Libre, 1944. First edition. Printed boards. Slight wear to left side hinge of spine, a very good copy of a scarce and fragile book. $500

 

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS AND FINE PRINTING

28. (Language of Flowers) Dräxler, Carl Ferdinand. Das Blumen-Album: der Pflanzen Symbolik und Sprache in Abendland und Morgenland. Wiesbaden, Wilhelm Friedrich, 1843. Small 8vo. Original boards, marbled edges. Hand-colored plates. The same book appeared under other imprints in different cities. $175

29. (Gerlachs Jugendbücherei) August Kopisch. Gedichte. Wien, Gerlach & Wiedling, n.d. [1904]. 12mo. Cloth. Illustrated by Ferdinand Andri. First edition, endpapers are those specifically designed for this volume. Bd. 13 in the series. Stunning Jugendstil color printing, illustrations are among the best in the series. The cover picture is practically a graffiti-like abstraction of a human face, quite different from others in the series. Andri was associated with Ver Sacrum. Good condition, cover with two black soot spots, inside front hinge slightly gaping. $65

30. (Gerlachs Jugendbücherei) Deutsche Wiegenlieder. In Wort und Weise ausgewählt von Hans Fraungruber. Schrift und Bilder von R[ichard] Daenert. Wien-Leipzig, Gerlach & Wiedling, n.d. [1909]. First edition. Later issue, "mouse" endpapers. Bd. 23 in the series. Brightly colored illustrations resembling a medieval antiphonal. Little is recorded about the illustrator. Two title pages designed by him with a similar medievalist look were pictured in an article on a student exhibition in Dekorative Kunst, Bd. 11 (1908). $35

31. Hauff, Wilhelm. 3 Märchen. Mit 16 Lithographien und Buchschmuck von Fritzi Löw. Wien, Kunstverlag Anton Schroll, n.d. [ca, 1920]. Nearly miniature format. Lithographs in color. Board with dust jacket and slipcase, jacket repeats design of binding and slipcase that of the front board. The only example of these little "Liebhaberausgaben" we have ever seen with jacket and slipcase preserved. Book about fine, last page wrinkled, jacket about fine, slipcase very good. "From 1917–1923 [1915-1923 per Wikipedia] she worked for Anton Schroll . . . as a book illustrator on deluxe editions. She designed prolifically for the Wiener Werkstätte, including postcards, commercial graphics, jewelry, toys, painted woodwork, glass, glass painting and enamel, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, and fashion accessories (lace, tulle, embroidery, and beadwork). . . . Löw-Lazar was of Jewish heritage and fled to Brazil in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution. She returned to Vienna in 1955 where she stayed until her death in 1975." (sources: Cooper-Hewitt and Wikipedia (Deutsch).) $50

32. Voltaire. Kandide, oder die beste Welt. Mit 26 Federzeichnungen von Paul Klee. Leipzig, Kurt Wolff, 1920. Binding variant with vellum spine and cursive-lettered front board. Very good. $100

33. Flaubert, Gustave. Der Büchernarr. Mit Lithographien von Alfred Kubin. Leipzig, Wien, Zürich, Paul Stegemann Verlag, n.d. [1921]. German translation of "La Bibliomanie" of Flaubert, written in 1836 but not published until 1910. Orig. charcoal-black boards with gold lettering on front cover. Gold lettering a little dull, very slight wear to ends of spine, a very good copy of a fragile book. $50

34. Dirsztay, Victor. Der Unentrinnbare. Roman mit Zeichnungen von Oskar Kokoschka. Leipzig, Kurt Wolff, 1923. Very good copy. Stab-binding, bound with a cord. $350

35. De Coster, Charles. Die Geschichte von Ulenspiegel und Lamme Goedzak und ihrer heldenmäßigen, frühlichen und glorreichen Abenteuern im Lande Flandern und anderwärts. Deutsch von Karl Wolfskehl. Mit 150 Holzschnitten von Frans Masereel. München, Kurt Wolff, 1926. Two volumes (complete). Grey cloth with black lettering and owl decoration on front covers. Very good copies in good to very good dust jackets. Jacket spines are plain except for author, title, and volume information at top. Jacket of Bd. 1 in better condition, with minor wear; jacket of Bd. 2 has a ragged chip near the top of the spine panel that messes up a bit the typography. Different pictures on front panel of the two jackets. Printed in a large type face with ample margins. $250

36. Peguy, Charles. Le Mystère de la Charité de Jeanne d'Arc. New York, Pantheon, 1943. Edition of 500 copies, of which 475 were for sale and 25 for presentation; there appears to be no physical difference between the two versions. Hand-set and printed by Victor and Jacob Hammer at the Wells College Press. Fine copy with a hint of fading to the edges of the boards. $35

37. (Szyk, Arthur) The Book Of Job from the Translation Prepared at Cambridge in 1611 for King James I. With a preface by Mary Ellen Chase and illustrations by Arthur Szyk. Half-sheep. No. 217 of 1950 copies, signed by Szyk on the colophon. A gift to Serkin for a kindness shown the giver's son (name card laid in with note written on it). Fine in gold-paper slipcase with pull strap and glassine jacket (spine of glassine mostly gone). $250

38. Freyhold, E. F. Edmund von, Hasenbuch. Mit Versen von Christian Morgenstern. Wiesbaden (Zweigstelle), Insel Verlag, (1960). Oblong format. Boards. Insel-Bücherei Nr. 707. About fine. Modernized typography. First published by Cassirer in 1908. $35.

39. Victor Hammer. Artist and Printer. Lexington, Kentucky, Anvil Press. 1981. Designed by Martino Mardersteig and printed at the Stamperia Valdonega, Verona, Italy. No. 237 of an edition of 550 copies. Includes a translation of an early essay on Hammer by Rudolf Koch. Fine. $50

 

JUDAICA

40. (Attalah Frères) Souvenir de Jerusalem et Bethlehem. Jerusalem, Edit. Atallah Frères, n.d. [active 1930s]. Booklet with 40 detachable postcards (by our count) bound in on stubs. Postcards ca. 5 1/2 X 3 1/2". Generally fine, first postcard detached. Appears complete. Selection more oriented to the Christian traveller. Legends in English, French, Italian, and German. $250

41. Buber, Martin, in collaboration with Franz Rosenzweig. Die Schrift. Variously Berlin, Lambert-Schneider Verlag, Berlin, Schocken Verlag, Berlin, Schocken Verlag, Jüdischer Buch Verlag, undated but volumes appeared from 1926 to 1938. 15 vols. Complete. Very good set with a few minor flaws to covers of some volumes. Some volumes meticulously embellished in German, as follows. In Das Buch Im Anfang (Bereschit/Genesis), the last three pages (blank and rear free endpaper) have the biblical genealogies hand-drawn of descent from Adam and Eve, the three sons of Noah, and Abraham. In Das Buch Namen (Schemot/Exodus) on the last page are the names of the twelve tribes and details of the descendants of Levi and Joseph. Das Buch In der Wüste (Bemidbar/Numbers) similarly has drawn on the rear free endpaper genealogies of the descendants of Judah and Joseph among the twelve tribes. Finally, Das Buch Jehoschuah (Joshua) includes a hand-drawn map in black and red pencil of the Land of Israel and environs, folded in four to fit into the book; the map includes place names and the names of surrounding kingdoms such as Edom. $250

42. Buber, Martin. Die chassidischen Bücher. Berlin, in Schocken Verlag, n.d. [1928]. Cloth with dust jacket. Very good copy, lower tip of binding and first 100 or so pages bumped, in good dust jacket missing a triangular segment of the rear panel in the lower free corner with loss of a couple of letters in the publisher's name. / Die Stunde und die Erkenntnis. Reden und Aufsätze 1933-1935. Berlin, in Schocken Verlag, 1936. Thin unlettered boards with dust jacket attached to inside endpapers. Fine in very near fine dust jacket. / Das Buch der Preisungen. Köln & Olten, Jakob Hegner, n.d. [1958]. Boards with dust jacket. Very good copy in very good dust jacket. Laid in is a 12-page pamphlet by Buber, Zur Verdeutschung der Preisungen, dated (unlike the book) 1958. The group: $50

43. Government of Israel. Israel 1951/52. Jerusalem, Government Printer, 5712, 1952. Wrappers, 8vo. Good condition. Aside from a couple of pages of introductory material in Hebrew and English, contents consist of photographs of the new nation of Israel. The foreword is perhaps uniquely frank in the annals of government: "Much has happened that is good, some not so good. We have had our fortunes and our misfortunes." Inscribed on the title page: "To dear Rudolf Serkin / a little "piece" of Israel to carry away with you / Julia, Joachim Stutschewsky [Ukrainian-born musicologist, emigrated to Palestine after the Anschluss] / 11. X. 1952." On the rear inside cover some names are written that appear to be individuals that Serkin wished to contact or find in Israel, e.g. "Korngold, Jerusalem (Schwester) Georg?" (possibly relations of Erich Korngold). $40

44. Piechotka, Kazimierz and Maria Piechotka. Wooden Synagogues. Warszawa, Arkady, 1959. First English-language edition. 4to. Very good copy in near very good dust jacket with some tears and chipping to top edge. Gift inscription to Rudolf Serkin: "Dear Rudi / There is a much deeper reason why we like the Vermont Houses / Xmas 1963 / Alexander." Based on handwriting and context the giver was Alexander Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet, who was a native of Vilna. A memorial to these buildings, the cathedrals and parish churches, as it were, of Polish-Lithuanian Jewry, nearly all destroyed by the Germans. The Piechotkas took part in the Warsaw Uprising; in their subsequent architectural career, besides their interest in documenting Polish and Polish-Jewish monuments, they worked on creative solutions to housing. $200

45. Friedman, Maurice. Martin Buber's Life and Work. The later years 1945-1965. New York, E. P. Dutton, (1983). First edition (stated). Cloth and boards. Very good copy in very good dust jacket. With a startling gift inscription from Rudolf Serkin to his wife, Irene: "Fur's Irmchen / von ihrem alten Juden / Rudi / 21. Juni 1984." $50

 

ART AND ARCHITECTURE

46. Liebermann, Max. Jozef Israels. Berlin, Bruno Cassirer, 1911. Vierte Auflage. Stiff paper covers. Original etching as frontispiece. Fine copy. $25

47. Arp, Hans and L. H. Neitzel. Neue französische Malerei. Ausgewählt von Hans Arp, eingeleitet von L. H. Neitzel. Leipzig, Verlag der Weissen Bücher, 1913. Plain card wrappers with decorative floral dust wrapper over. Very good copy, bright, dust wrapper paper abraded a bit along right-hand margin of front panel. Arp's first publication; he advised on the selection of paintings. $30

48. Reinhardt, Albert. Stätten der Arbeit. Sechs Orig.-Lithographien. Winterthur, Im Selbstverlag (Rascher & Cie., Commissionsverlag, Zürich), 1918. 4to. "Mappe," wrappers with lithographic cover loosely enclosing six original lithographs of scenes of work. Introduction, also loose, a single sheet printed on both sides, by Albert Boßhard. Good copy overall, wrappers in very good condition, lithographs somewhat discolored and foxed. Top lithograph with some damage to top edge outside of the image, some others with short edge tears. One lithograph pencil-signed and dated, another signed in the plate. Colophon on rear wrapper with "Einmalige Auflage" statement with total number of copies left blank, this copy in turn not numbered, if indeed numbered copies were issued. $150

49. Daudet, [Alphonse]. Die Abenteuer des Herrn Tartarin aus Tarascon. Neu übersetzt von Klabund. Mit vielen Vollbildern und Vignetten von George Grosz. Berlin, Erich Reiss, n.d. [1921 or 1922]. Second printing, 6.-10. Tausend. Book design by John Heartfield. Externally the book, with vignettes on the front and rear covers, the only illustrations in color, is in very good condition; text block rippled, ripples radiate from the gutter out, probably an adjustment to climate. $45

50. Mynona (i.e., Salomo Friedlaender). George Grosz. Mit siebenunddreissig Netzätzungen. Dresden, Rudolf Kaemmerer, 1922. Red boards ("Pappausgabe") with reproduction of drawing on front board. Very good copy, boards faded here and there around edges front and back. Autotype illustrations, some tipped in. Künstler der Gegenwart, Bd. 3. $60.

51. Galerien Thannhauser. Three catalogs from this esteemed gallery, branches as given on title pages: 1) Adolph von Menzel 1815-1905. Ausstellung von Gemälden, Gouaches, Pastelles, Zeichnungen. In unserem Berliner Haus . . . April 1928. Berlin-Luzern-München, 1928. 2) Claude Monet 1840-1928. Gedächtnis-Ausstellung in unserem Berliner Haus . . . 13. Febr. bis Mitte März. Berlin-Luzern-München, 1928. 3) Henri-Matisse. Mit Geleitwort von Hans Fuhrmann und 64 Abbildungen. Berlin-Luzern, n.d. No venue or exhibition dates given, ca. 1930. All in wrappers. Very good copies with some wear. The group: $60

52. Mendelsohn, Erich. Russland Europa Amerika. Berlin, Rudolf Mosse, 1929. First edition, 1.-5. Tausend. About very good copy, cover slightly marked, endpapers very foxed, rear free endpaper wrinkled. $375

53. Stadt Köln (Herausg.) Neue Rheinbrücke Köln-Mühlheim: Festschrift zur Eröffnungsfeier am 13. Oktober 1929. Köln, Dumont Schauberg, 1929. 4to. Cloth. Good copy, ivory-white linen binding somewhat foxed and discolored. Introduction by Konrad Adenauer, then mayor of Cologne. Photographic and other illustrations. The bridge was destroyed in World War II. $100

54. Jedlicka, Gotthard. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Mit 7 farbigen Tafeln und 157 Abbildungen im Text. Berlin, Bruno Cassirer, 1929. 4to, pictorial cloth. About very good copy, text block lightly rippled (see note above), front board somewhat speckled and soiled along right-hand margin. Bookseller's mark of the Weiss'sche Buchhandlung, Heidelberg, on front pastedown. The color reproductions are finely done. $50

55. Glück, Franz. Adolf Loos. Paris, Les éditions G. Crès et Cie., 1931. Wrappers. Front wrapper detaching in lower part (secured), good condition. $50

56. Neumann, J. B. and Guenther Franke. Max Beckmann. New York and München, J. B. Neumann and G. Franke, n.d. [1931]. Stiff green wrappers with title block in contrasting color. About fine. Mention of Beckmann's exhibition schedule for 1931, and photographs of his Basel exhibition of that year. Paintings and graphics illustrated. Last page of photographs shows the shop fronts of J. B. Neumann and Guenther Franke in Munich and J. B. Neumann and Karl Nierendorf in Berlin. $40

57. Hoff, August. Wilhelm Lehmbruck. Leipzig, Verlag von Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1933. Junge Kunst 61/62. First printing, 1.-5. Tausend. Cloth and boards. About fine copy. $20

58. Buchthal, Hugo. The Miniatures of the Paris Psalter. A study in Middle Byzantine painting. London, Warburg Institute, 1938. Large folio. Original cloth. 98 numbered illustrations on plates. Very good copy. A scarce title. Studies of the Warburg Institute, 2. Buchthal was married to Rudolf Serkin's sister Amalia. He followed the Warburg Institute on its move from Germany to London. $250

59. Muzei Novogo Zapadnogo Iskusstvo. Moscow, Ogiz-Izogiz, 1938. Folio. Cloth portfolio with closing interior flaps. Loose contents collated, complete, with all 35 reproductions and their cover pages with discussions of the paintings. Two inserts, a Russian one with title page, table of contents and introductory essay by B. N. Ternovets, and an English one with title page and table of contents. English title page reads: Museum of Modern Western Art Moscow. Thirty-five selected masterworks from the Museum of Western Art in Moscow, Sole U. S. Distributors, New York Graphic Society, Inc., 10 West 33rd Street, New York City, N. Y. Inner surfaces designed in a traditional folk-art style. Very good condition. $250

60. Wescott, Glenway (text). Loan exhibition of the collection of pictures of Erich Maria Remarque. October 18 to November 13, 1943, Knoedler Galleries. New York, William Bradford Press [for Knoedler], 1943. Wrappers. Very good copy, one very small spot on front cover. Aside from two Fayum portraits, the exhibition was entirely of French artists (counting van Gogh as such). $45

61. Bill, Max et al. (Herausg./Eds.) Moderne Schweizer Architektur. Architecture Moderne Suisse. Modern Swiss Architecture. II/1-2. Basel, Karl Werner, 1942. Original editions. Two numbers. Folders with loose plates, most folding, variously 2, 4, or 6 pp. each. Folders and contents very good, collated, complete (one plate misnumbered). One plate with crease along left margin. $150

62. Friedmann, Herbert. The Symbolic Goldfinch. Its history and significance in European devotional art. [New York], Pantheon (published for the Bollingen Foundation, Washington, D.C.), (1946). 4to. Cloth. 157 illustrations. Very good copy. Bollingen Series, 7. Scarce. $150

63. Georges Braque Notebook 1917-1947. New York, Curt Valentin & Paris, Maeght, 1948. Fine copy in very good dust jacket. English translation pamphlet laid in. $50

64. Kandinsky, Wassily. Punkt und Linie zu Fläche. Beitrag zur Analyse der malerischen Elemente. Bern-Bümpliz, Benteli-Verlag, 1955. Dritte Auflage. Reissue with introduction by Max Bill. Wrappers. Fine copy in original glassine. First edition outside of the Bauhaus Bücher. $50

65. (Pellegrini, Alfred H.) Meyer, Peter. A. H. Pellegrini. Das figurliche Werk. Amriswil, Bodensee-Verlag, (1958). Wrappers with glassine dust wrapper. 12mo, 24 pp., 24 black-and-white plates. Near fine, upper right corner bumped. With a presentation inscription on the opening page, a half-title: "A. H. P.'s liebem Freund Rudi / M. P." Pellegrini died in 1958. Laid in is an invitation card for a Pellegrini exhibition at the Galerie Gerhard (Zurich) in November, 1960. $20

66. Eight Lithographs by Honoré Daumier Reproduced for the Friends of Walter Schatzki, Christmas, 1965. New York, Walter Schtatzki, 1965. Portfolio with reproductions. Card enclosed "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Walter and Barbara Schatzki." Fine condition. $25

67. Penn, Irving. Worlds in a Small Room. New York, Grossman, (1974). Very good in very good dust jacket. Gift inscription by members of the Serkin family (to Irene Serkin) on the front free endpaper. $50

68. (Eames, Charles and Ray) Connections: The work of Charles and Ray Eames. Los Angeles, FSW Gallery, UCLA, 1977. Wrappers. Square 8vo. Very good. Typed letter laid in on Charles Eames' personal stationery, written on their behalf as they were in Mexico, thanking (Rudolf Serkin) for the recording and sending the catalog. Very good. $40

69. Lang, Lothar (Herausg./Ed.). Oskar Kokoschka. O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort. 11 Lithographien und die Vorzeichnungen zur Kantate von Johann Sebastian Bach. Frankfurt, Olten, Wien, Büchergilde Gutenberg, (1984). First edition thus, "Lizenzausgabe" (for West Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, since the copyright holder, Reclam, was in the DDR, and the book was printed there). Very good copy in very good dust jacket which is different from the Reclam edition. $25

 

SOVIET LITERATURE AND MALIK VERLAG

70. Iwanow, Wssewolod [Ivanov, Vsevolod]. Farbige Winde. Erzählung. Hamburg, Verlag Carl Hoym Nachf. Louis Cahnbley, 1923. Wrappers. Good copy, lower corner of front wrapper little dogeared. $25

71. Sinowjew [Zinoviev], G. Lenin. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1924). Wrappers. Second, expanded edition, prompted by the death of Lenin in January, 1924. Striking cover design by John Heartfield. Good copy. $275

72. Majakowsky, Wladimir [Mayakovsky, Vladimir]. 150 Millionen. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1924). First edition. 12mo, boards. Kleine Malik-Bücherei, Bd. 5. Spine mostly absent, a good copy. $250

73. Pottier, Eugène und Jean-Baptiste Clément, Französische Revolutionslieder aus der Zeit der Pariser Commune. Berlin, Malik, (1924). First edition. 12mo, boards. Translated by Walter Mehring. Cover by Bernhard Naudin. Kleine Malik-Bücherei, Bd. 1. Good condition, fragile spines bit worn. Two copies available. $50

74. Ehrenstein, Albert. China klagt. Nachdichtungen revolutionärer chinesischer Lyrik aus drei Jahrtausenden. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1924). 12mo, boards. Cover illustration after an old Chinese original. Kleine Malik Bücherei, Bd. 7. About very good, small chip at bottom of spine. $45

75. Newerow [Neverov], A. S. [pseudonym of Aleksandr Sergeyevich Skobelev]. Taschkent, die brotreiche Stadt. Berlin, Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1925. Translated into German by Maria Einstein. Small 8vo, boards. Interesting quasi-photomontage cover, incorporating art work over a photographic background. $25

76. Sinclair, Upton. Die Metropole. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1925). Translated by Hermynia zur Muhlen. Binding design by John Heartfield. First edition, 1-11. Tausend. Very good copy in photographic boards. $125

77. Figner, Wera [Vera]. Nacht über Russland. Lebenserinnerungen. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1926). Translated by Lilly Hirschfeld and Reinhold von Walter. First edition, 1.-11. Tausend. Plain card covers with partial dust jacket, consisting only of front and spine panels. Jacket, using a portrait of Figner, by John Heartfield, is worn overall. This edition contained only the first two parts of her autobiography. Later printings added the third part and were in a larger format. We combine this with a copy of the complete edition (21.-32. Tausend, 1928) in cloth binding and with its original slipcase (Schuber), retaining a partial dust jacket of a different design; only the front inside flap, which carries reviews from the German press, and some of the front panel are present. Figner was a leader of the terrorist Narodnaya Volya in the late 1800s. She remained inviolate politically in the Stalin era and died in 1942. $45

78. Fedin, Konstantin. Städte und Jahre. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1927). First edition, 1-7 Tausend. Translated from the Russian by Dmitrij Umanskij. Plain card covers with dust jacket over, jacket attached to spine as issued (also published in full cloth with a loose jacket). Jacket design by John Heartfield. Very good copy, right-hand edge of front page (before half-title) a bit rough-edged at top and with a few small holes toward the bottom, in very good dust jacket with some slight wear along the top edge of the front panel. $125

79. (Lissitzky, El) Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse Ausstellung. Köln 1928. Wrappers. Very good copy. With the leporello reproducing the interior of the pavilion by El Lissitzky. Laid in, folded, are two very rare handbills distributed at the exhibition, Die Wandzeitung in der Sowjetunion and Die Arbeiter- und Bauernkorrespondenten und die Sowjet Presse. $2000

80. (Lissitzky, El) Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillons auf der Internationalen Presse Ausstellung. Köln 1928. A second copy in similar condition. Wrappers. Very good copy, leporello detached. Laid in, folded, are, again, two very rare handbills distributed at the exhibition, Die Wandzeitung in der Sowjetunion and Die Arbeiter- und Bauernkorrespondenten und die Sowjet Presse. The second handbill was folded in four and is a bit tattered. $1850

81. Ehrenburg, Ilja. Das bewegte Leben des Lasik Roitschwanz. Roman. Zürich, Rhein-Verlag, (1929). Zweite Auflage. Wrappers with pictorial front wrapper. Translated from the Russian by W. Jollos. Very good. $35

82. Ottwalt, Ernst. Ruhe und Ordnung. Roman aus dem Leben der nationalgesinnten Jugend. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1929). First edition, 1.-15. Tausend. Cloth with dust jacket. Binding and dust jacket design by John Heartfield. Very good copy in very good dust jacket. $300

83. Ottwalt, Ernst. Ruhe und Ordnung. Roman aus dem Leben der nationalgesinnten Jugend. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1929). As above. Lacks dust jacket. Innovative binding design by John Heartfield, using the spine for a telegraphic summary of the contents. Very good copy. $50

84. Iwanow, Wsewolod [Ivanov, Vsevolod]. Der Buchstabe "G." Ausgewählte Erzählungen. Deutsch von Erwin Honig. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1930). First edition, 1.-7. Tausend. Plain wraps with front and spine panels and front inside flap of dust jacket only, front panel torn and creased in upper left corner. Front inside flap pictures and advertises "30 neue Erzähler der neuen Russland" $50

85. Gorki, Maxim. In der Steppe und andere Erzählungen. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1930). First edition, 1.-9. Tausend. Plain wraps with front and spine panels and front and rear inside flaps of dust jacket only. Front inside flap pictures and advertises another Gorki title, "Das blaue Leben," rear flap similarly "Ein Prolet erzählt" by Ludwig Tureck. $50

 

MISCELLANEOUS

86. (Iceland) Þorsteinsson [Thorsteinsson], Bjarni. Íslenzk þjóðlög. [B. T.] . . . hefur safnað lögunum 1880-1905 og samið ritgjörðirnar. Kaupmannahöfn [Copenhagen], S. L. Møller, 1906-1909. Printed with support of the Carlsberg Foundation. Very thick 8vo, half-leather. Very good copy. Gift inscription in Icelandic to Adolf Busch, August, 1945, on the front free endpaper. A collection of Icelandic folk songs and hymns, with musical notation. Thorsteinsson, identified on the title page as a priest at Siglufjörður, a remote fishing village on the northern coast of Iceland, collected the songs between 1880 and 1905. $250

87. Balzac, Honoré de. Facino Cane. Sarassine. Zwei Novellen. Leipzig, Insel Verlag, n.d. Boards. Very good copy. Insel-Bücherei Nr. 19. First or very early printing, no statement of "Tausend." Four-page Insel-Bücherei list laid in with titles up to no. 73. Ink stamp on front free endpaper "Eigentum von Adolf Busch." $20

88. Ille, Ed[uard]. Lustige Tierfabeln. München, Braun & Schneider, n.d. [1920]. Oblong 8vo. Cloth with paper boards. Good, spine with significant wear. Color illustrations. Animal fables in the spirit of Grandville by the painter and caricaturist Eduard Ille (1823-1900). $60

89. Böhm, Hans. Lieder aus China. Callwey, 1929. Near fine copy. Stab-binding, bound with a cord. Very good copy, covers very slightly foxed. $35

90. Ku Hung-Ming; Alfons Paquet (Herausg.) Chinas Verteidigung gegen europäische Ideen. Herausgegeben mit einem Vorwort von Alfons Paquet. Jena, Eugen Dietrich, 1921. 4-5. Tausend. Gold-yellow cloth. About very good copy, foreedge foxed. The Malay-born, British- and German-educated author settled in China and served in various civil and academic posts there, ending up after the fall of the Qing as an eccentric reactionary. $25

91. Nussbaum, Anna (Herausg.) Afrika singt. Eine Auslese neuer afro-amerikanischer Lyrik. Die Nachdichtungen und Übertragungen stammen von Hermann Kesser, Josef Luitpold, Anna Siemsen und Anna Nussbaum. Wien and Leipzig, F. Speidel, (1929). Very good copy in attractive publisher's binding. A thorough selection of African-American poetry of the time, with both familiar and unfamiliar names. German translations and renditions by the above-named individuals. $35

92. Vitelleschi, C(arla). Ethik als Tat. Gespräche um Krishnamurti. Jena, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, 1930. 1-3. Tausend. Presentation inscription to (Adolf) Busch on title page on the occasion of a meeting in Rome, dated in December, 1929, before the publication date. Incongruously for a follower of Krishnamurti, Vitelleschi was a supporter of fascism and indeed a full-on sycophant of Mussolini. $25

93. Franklin, Benjamin. Benjamin Franklin. Quatuor pour trois violons et violoncelle. Transcription de Guillaume de Van. Paris, Odette Lieutier, 1946. Facsimile of music manuscript and accompanying pamphlet with transcription and notes. Fine in paper slipcase. No. 120/500. Pencil note on case, probably in the hand of Rudolf Serkin. $50

94. Gruman, Gerald. A History of Ideas about the Prolongation of Life. The evolution of prolongevity hypotheses to 1800. Entire contents of Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, new ser., vol. 56, pt. 9, 102 + [2] pp. Wrappers, folio. Very good, sound copy, front cover with some stray brownish streaks in bottom portion, both covers with signs of discoloration here and there, wear to first few pages at free corners, top and side edges of last page (contents page of volume) worn near corner, back cover and last couple of pages with small "nibbles" toward the bottom of the long edge. Original edition. Presentation inscription on title page from the author to Rudolf Serkin "in admiration," dated 1968. Scarce. $65

95. (Iceland) Benediktsson, Jakob (introduction). Landnámabók. Ljósprentun handrita. Reykjavik, Stofnu árna Magnússonar, 1974. Folio. Fine. Original half-morocco, gilt. In original slipcase. 48 pp. of text and 662 pp. of facsimiles. Presentation inscription to Rudolf Serkin in Icelandic on the front free endpaper, and typed letter in English signed by the presenter with the same content laid in. The book contains facsimiles of several different original manuscript sources. Icelandic Manuscripts Series in Folio, Vol. III. Extremely heavy. $500

 

COGNATES

96. (Buber) Martin Buber und sein Werk. Anlässlich seiner sechzigsten Geburtstags. [Berlin], überreicht von Schocken Verlag Jüdischer Buchverlag, n.d. [1938]. Brochure. 12mo, 24 pp. Includes a bibliography up to 1938. [and] Zur Verdeutschung der Preisungen. Brochure. 12mo, 14 pp. Leipzig, Oskar Brandstetter (Abteilung Jacob Hegner), n.d. [1938?] The two apparently came together. Thus the first appearance of the essay, preceding the 1958 insert listed above. The first in very good, the second in good condition. $40

97. (Gerlachs Jugendbücherei) Ausgewählte Gedichte von Nikolaus Lenau. Wien u. Leipzig, Martin Gerlach & Co., n.d. Illustrated by Hugo Steiner-Prag. Text overseen by Hans Fraungruber. Squarish 12mo, pale blue pictorial cloth. Very good copy. Pencil inscription on title page in English, dated 1943, ". . . hoping one day to read this together . . ." Bd. 10 in the series. Early printing with the correct imprint of Martin Gerlach alone, later "mouse" endpapers. Steiner-Prag is best known today for his illustrations of Meyrink's Der Golem. He was stripped of his position in Germany in 1933 and returned to Prague. After Czechoslovakia was dismembered he worked in Sweden and then emigrated to the US. $50

98. Grosz, George. A Little Yes and a Big No. Illustrated by the author. New York, Dial Press, 1946. First edition. Cloth, just about fine copy in dust jacket. Jacket has a small chip at top right of spine panel and another rectangular chip about 1 1/2" long by 1/2" wide at top right of front panel in an all-black area and other slight wear. Translated by Lola Sachs Dorin. Precedes the German-language edition by a number of years. $40

99. (Heartfield) Sternberg, Fritz. Der Imperialismus. Berlin, Malik Verlag, (1926). First edition. Wrappers. Large and thick 8vo. Blue-pape brochure binding. Very near fine copy, front wrapper little bumped, contemporary German ownership inscription on front blank page. Pages unopened at top. With the very scarce gold-foil dust jacket designed by John Heartfield in like condition. Unlike his usual work for the Malik Verlag, this jacket, aside from its suggestive use of gold foil, is strictly and severely typographical except for the Malik emblem on the spine, with the lettering done in the style of Roman monumental inscriptions. $250

100. (Heartfield) Tucholsky, Kurt. Deutschland, Deutschland ueber Alles. Ein Bilderbuch. Berlin, Neuer Deutscher Verlag, (1929). First edition, 1.-20.Tausend. Cloth with dust jacket. Montage by John Heartfield. Scarcest and best format. Yellow cloth binding foxed. Dust jacket has one tear in lower left corner of front panel and a jagged, roughly triangular chip at the base of the rear panel. Danish private bookplate on front pastedown. $1250

101. (Junge Kunst) Wolfradt, Willi. Otto Dix. Mit 32 Tafeln und einem farbigen Titelbild. Leipzig, Verlag von Klinkhardt und Biermann, 1924. Cloth and boards. Fine copy. Four pages of publisher's ads at rear on lesser quality paper. $50

102. (Klee) Probst, Rudolf. Katalog der Ausstellung Paul Klee. Aquarelle aus den Jahren 1920-1929. Dresden, Neue Kunst Fides, n.d. [1929]. Wrappers, 12 pp., five of which are given to black-and-white illustrations, three to a list of exhibited items, and the remainder to text by Probst and gallery information. The cover title is "Paul Klee. Zum 50. Geburtstage." $150

103. (Lissitzky) Rimon. No. 3. [and] Milgroim. No. 3. Berlin, Rimon-Verlag, 1923. Cover illustration by El Lissitzky of the interior of the Mohilev synagogue, and article within with his illustrations. The Hebrew-language Rimon and the Yiddish-language Milgroim were published in parallel. The same issue in both versions, in original wrappers. It is important to note that in the complete run of Rimon in publisher's binding, and we assume similarly with Milgroim, the rear wrappers are discarded. Both very good. $750

104. (Lissitzky) Tairoff, Alexander [Tairov, Aleksandr]. Das entfesselte Theater. Potsdam: Gustav Kiepenheuer, 1923. First edition in German. With: Das entfesselte Theater. Zweite Auflage. Potsdam: Gustav Kiepenheuer, 1927. First edition in boards (spine, as often, lacking). Second edition with grey cloth spine and boards. Each has the same basic cover design by El Lissitzky, but with small differences. The first edition has the publisher's name centered across the lower part of the front board, and below that a centered "EL." The artist's initials (as also was the missing spine) are in red and are not out of keeping with the design, whereas the publisher's name seems to be an imposition. The second edition is free of other typography than the basic cover design, and, it would seem, represents more truly Lissitzky's original composition. We have not seen this difference noted elsewhere. The first edition has stage designer Donald Oenslager's ownership inscription on the front flyleaf. Overall very good condition for both volumes, excepting the missing spine, some soiling and edge wear to boards. $275

105. (Malik) Mühlen, Hermynia zur. Ende und Anfang. Berlin, S. Fischer, 1929. First edition. Fine copy in dust jacket and original box. In perfect condition, practically as new. Zur Mühlen, the "red countess," translated the works of Upton Sinclair for the Malik Verlag, and produced alternative collections of "red fairy tales." $250

106. Mendelsohn, Erich. Amerika. Bilderbuch eines Architekten. Mit 77 photographischen Aufnahmen des Verfasser. Berlin, Rudolf Mosse, 1926. Large folio. First edition. Very good copy. The statement that the photographs were all taken by Mendelsohn was corrected in later editions. $600

107. (Neumann) Artlover. Vol. II. New York, J. B. Neumann, 1928. Tan cloth, lettered spine. No. 187 of five hundred bound copies. Collects nine numbers of Artlover with four pages of introduction. Ownership signature of museum director and art historian Alexander Dorner on the front free endpaper. This copy has at the base of the front pastedown a large rectangular donation bookplate, possibly unrecorded, by Rockwell Kent with the following text: "This book has been given to this library by J. B. Neumann with the hope that it will inspire readers to add to the public collection." The personal bookplate that Kent designed for Neumann furnishes the pictorial element. In any event, this was Dorner's own copy. $250

108. (Schatzki) Kessel, Martin. Gebändigte Kurven. Gedichte. First edition. A trade edition appeared in the same year. Bibliophile edition, beautifully printed for the members of the Frankfurter Bibliophilen Gesellschaft. Quarto, vellum spine and gray paper boards. Fine copy. Edition of 156 numbered copies. This copy, no. 78, was printed for Walter Schatzki. In a family of overachievers, Walter, the odd duck, chose a life in books. This subscription copy speaks to the support Jewish collectors and dealers gave to the German bibliophile world before 1933. An English translation of Kessel's "Grossstadt Berlin" novel Herrn Brechers Fiasko was published in 1985 by the University of Wisconsin Press. $100

109. (Thannhauser/Liebermann) Moderne Galerie Thannhauser, München. Max Liebermann. Pastelle. Zeichnungen. Graphik. Ausstellung Februar-März 1924. Wrappers. Fine. 40 pp., list of 315 items. Illustrated. Also includes nine pages of illustrations of other works owned by the gallery and a two-page list of the gallery's exhibitions for 1923 and 1924. $50

 

Cover Page

A "bookplate," found loose in Wedekind's Oama, the only example among the books we acquired. Perhaps it is a picture of Rudolf Serkin as drawn by a much younger Irene Busch. No one in the family seems to have had a private bookplate; Adolf Busch used a name stamp (see item no. 87).