Charlottenburg-Westend, New York: Privatdruck, 1930s. First edition. Softcover. "Für Giovanni Bagarotti herzlichst Rudolf Bauer" inscribed on Limitation Page. Ausgabe C, 301-1313, No. 332. Atlas Folio. 27 (1)pp., 13 plates. Original stiff cream wraps with black lettering on cover in original glassine jacket. Printed by August Scherl, Berlin. Contains the elaborate literary essay "The Realm of the Spirit (Das Geistreich)," a somewhat stilted and peculiar piece on Non-Objective art, a movement Bauer became a central figure of and that included artists like Kandinsky and Klee.
Bauer had met Hilla Rebay in 1917 and they become lovers. Rebay went on to to America in 1927 to begin a portrait commission of copper magnet Solomon R. Guggenheim. She showed Guggenheim works of Bauer and Kandinsky and he decided to start collecting their work. Guggenheim bought Bauer’s new works and put him on a stipend, which allowed Bauer to open his own museum to show his work and other Non-Objective painters such as Kandinsky. He named his museum Das Geistreich, or "The Realm of the Spirit." The museum is seen as a forerunner of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting with Rebay as its curator and director, later renamed the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. It became instrumental in locating and selling, besides Bauer's own work, significant works of Kandinsky to Solomon R. Guggenheim.
Illustrated with thirteen magnificent high-quality color offset reproductions of Bauer's non-objective art on thirteen plates (app. 18x 10 1/2" each). Bauer's work had moved from lyrical to geometric abstraction of which the work included here is is representative of. Text in German. Glassine cover with medium size to larger chips along edges. Spine with small closed tears at head, two inch closed tears at tail with small chips. Light foxing on front free endpaper and title pages with some offsetting of inscription to title page. Three small closed tears at top of limitation page mended with clear tape. Glassine in fair, binding and overall good, interior in very good condition. fair to vg. Item #43676