Paris: Editions Cosmopolites, 1937. Limited edition. Softcover. This copy is number 73 of 21-120, printed on van Gelder paper. Signed Stephan Lackner on colophon. Housed in a modern grey cloth clamshell box. Original tan illustrated wraps with black lettering on cover and spine, in original glassine. Illustrated title page. Hofmaier 323-329 B. - Schauer, Bd. II,117. Laid in, squared paper label with printed number 73. Text in German.
Stephan Lackner, born Ernest Gustave Morgenroth, was a German-born author, the son of the Jewish merchant Sigmund Morgenroth. He met Max Beckmann first when in High School at a formal party at the home of his friend Bernhard Heiden. An exhibition of Beckmann's work in Erfurt that had been banned by the Propaganda Ministry, but Lackner managed to see Beckmann's work in the Museum storage and bought Beckmann's painting "Mann und Frau" on this occasion.
In the following years he used the name Lackner as a pseudonym for his journalistic activities and in 1937 he published his first book of poetry in 1937 and the drama "Der Mensch ist kein Haustier" under this name. He won Beckmann to illustrate his drama and supported him in the years to come by occasional commissions and buying Beckmann's work. The Family emigrated to the United States in 1939 and in 1943 he legalized his pen name Stephan Lackner. Fine condition. Item #48211