Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Signor Formica: Eine Novelle [WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]
Signor Formica: Eine Novelle [WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]
Signor Formica: Eine Novelle [WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]
Signor Formica: Eine Novelle [WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]

Signor Formica: Eine Novelle [WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING SIGNED BY ILLUSTRATOR]

Leipzig: W. Drugulin, (1920). Vorzugsausgabe. Limited (numbered) edition. Hardcover. 1/120. Elephant folio. VIII, 103,[2]pp. & 13 unnumbered illustration pages. Gold-stamped full green calf with gold lettering on cover and spine in original dust wrapper and sturdy paper-covered green clamshell box. Gold-lined raised bands. All deckled edges. Inside of front and back board stamped with double gold borders. Binding designed by R. Hadl, handcrafted by A. Köllner. Elaborate deluxe edition of Hoffmann's novel "Signor Formica". E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) was a German author, composer, draftsman, caricaturist, jurist, and music critic. He was one of the major authors of the Romantic movement. Signor Formica was first published in 1820, and a year later was included in the forth volume of Hoffmann's work "Serapionsbrüder." His few literary works are stories in which supernatural and sinister characters appear in people's lives, revealing grotesque and often tragic sides in human nature. This deluxe edition is illustrated with original artwork by the Hungarian sculptor and etcher, Richard Hadl. The illustrations consist of one original signed full-page pencil drawing, as well as 12 full-page-, and 7 in-text drawings in aquatinta-manier. Additional signature of illustrator on limitation page. "Dieses Buch wurde im Jahre neunzehnhundert und zwanzig in der Offizin W. Drugulin in Leipzig gedruckt. Die Auflage beträgt einhundert und zwanzig numerierte Exemplare auf van Gelder-Zonen-Bütten. Nach Beendigung des Druckes wurden die Platten vernichtet. Dieses Exemplar ist Nr. XXXIV und wurde gedruckt für Freiherrn Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild. Durchgesehen: (signed) Richard Hadl." Printed on handmade van Gelder-Zonen paper. Foreword by Hadl. Text in German. This particular copy was printed exclusively for Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild (1899-1987), of the famous Rothschild lineage. Goldschmidt-Rothschild was also well-known for his extensive, rare book collection. Slip with information on binding laid-in, as issued. Very slight rubbing on head and tail of spine. Minor creasing on spine of dust wrapper. Slight scuffing on clamshell box, tiny tear on top section on spine of box. 10mm offsetting from interior leather-lining on outer edges of front and rear free endpaper. Dust wrapper and clamshell box protected by modern mylar. Exceptional copy in a stunning binding. Fine condition. Scarce with dust wrapper. vg. Item #24429

Price: $6,500.00

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