Isidor Kaufmann [SIGNED by Chajes].
Chajes, H. P. Dr. Oberrabbiner (Geleitwort); Hermann Menkes (Text).
Elephant folio. Unpaginated, 16 loose color plates (1 mounted, 15 matted). Original 1/3 cloth over decorative paper covered boards, with repeated star of David motif in silver, and an enlarged image of the artist's bold signature in silver on a silver and blue covered label. Laid in text booklet illustrated with a b/w tipped-in portrait of Isidor Kaufmann by Hans Temple with list of plates, along with a 1-page introduction signed by Dr Chajes. An admirer of Kaufmann's works, Vienna's Chief Rabbi Dr. Chajes wrote a warm and poetic foreword to this 1925 portfolio of the artist's phototypes in which he praised the artist for his mastery and insight. This magnificent work is profusely illustrated with 15 matted color plates and 1 mounted color plate, as issued. Through his powerful and colorful work, Kaufmann brings to life portraits of people and scenes in the Viennese ghetto, thus confirming the artist's reputation as one of the great portraitists of his day. Some age wear on portfolio with minor abrasion on lower corner of front board and rubbing along edges. Slight age-toning/discoloration on covers. Rear of front cover and flaps of portfolio slightly soiled. Outer flap of portfolio detached but present. Minor damp-staining on lower outer margin of introduction page and on lower outer margin of some plates (not affecting illustrations). Minor soiling on front cover of text booklet. Tiny ex-library stamp of the library of the Prague university on front cover of text booklet and on introduction page. Text in German. Portfolio in overall good, interior in very good condition.
Edition: First edition
Book ID: 24675