NP: self published, 1935. First edition. Hardcover. Large Octavo. 46 leaves, unpaginated. Original decorative beige paper-covered boards, protected in modern mylar. Hand-illustrated title page. Three poems with decorative initials. A calligraphic rendering of eighteen of With's esoteric poems by the hand of the author on uncut, handmade paper and dedicated to Joy in June 1935 at rear.
Karl With, an art historian, writer, and curator, was appointed a professorship at UCLA in 1950 and taught there until his retirement in 1966. He is credited with establishing the "Institute of Fine Arts" at UCLA. In 1925 Konrad Adenauer, then mayor of Cologne, appointed him as director of the Cologne Werkschulen and in 1928 With became director at the Cologne Museum for Applied Art. With was friends with Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, and Käthe Kollwitz and, defamed as panderer of degenerate art by the Nazis, he was dismissed from all of his posts in 1933. After working for the Ullstein Verlag in Berlin until 1936 With joined the artist colony Ascona in Switzerland following the invitation of Freiherr von der Heydt. With emigrated to the USA in 1939. His literary and artistic estate is held at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A four page, untitled poem (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") in handwritten calligraphy with beautiful illustrations attributed to his wife Gerda Becker-With laid in, folded twice. Text in German. Starting at front endpaper and before poems 3, 7, and 16. vg. Item #37871