Berlin: Erich Reiß, 1917. Limited edition. Hardcover. 1/60. Folio. Unpaginated pp. Original thin vellum with gold lettering on front cover and spine. Top edge gilt. Title page in green and black lettering. Book housed in its original cardboard slipcase. This splendid edition of the Book of Job* features 13 striking tissue-guarded lithographs by Willi Jaeckel, one of the most important German expressionists who studied painting at the art academies in Breslau (1906) and Dresden (1908). In 1911, Jaeckel returned to Breslau and worked as a decorative painter. His first exhibition at the Galerie Fritz Gurlitt in Berlin in 1913 was a huge success. His important portfolios of prints also brought him recognition: "Memento Mori" (1914-15) was suppressed for its anti-war sentiments; "Biblische Motive" (Berlin, 1916) and "Das Buch Hiob" (Berlin, 1917) were followed by numerous illustrations to Dante, Goethe, Whitman and others. His work was clearly Expressionistic at this time. Drafted during World War I, Willi Jaeckel was given leave of absence to paint four large murals for the TET factory in Hanover. His work was included in the infamous 1937 "Degenerate-Art-Exhibition" though his 1939 painting "Plowman in the Evening" (Pflüger am Abend) is said to adapt the "Blut-und-Boden-Ideologie" of the Nazis. Each of the 13 lithographs is signed in pencil by the artist. One of 60 copies on Old Dutch handmade paper with signed lithographs, of which this is copy No. 43 (of a general edition of 200 copies). First Prospero-Print in slipcase. Slipcase frayed, partly chipped and browned. Lower front corner slightly bumped (not affecting pages). Bock block starting in middle. Text in German, Gothic script. Slipcase in overall poor to fair, binding and interior in good+ to very good, plates in very good condition. vg. Item #34511
* The Book of Job is one of the Writings (Ketuvim) of the Hebrew Bible, and the first poetical book in the Christian Old Testament. Addressing the theme of God's justice in the face of human suffering - or more simply, "Why do the righteous suffer?" - it is a rich theological work, setting out a variety of perspectives. It has been widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities - "The greatest poem of ancient and modern times," according to Tennyson.