Berlin: Verlag H. Warnecke, 1929, 1930. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 120, 120pp. Original boards illustrated with photomontages and color design. Title pages with decorative borders. Books for housewives to read, for notes and contemplation. Both volumes contain an address to the housewife by the administrations of the gas company, followed by a calendar for the year, then illustrated monthly calendars, two page ledgers for household expenses, two pages to enter personal commemorative days and one page of practical tips, e.g. how to use a meat grinder, how to stretch a clothesline, etc.
The second part of the books contains some unanimous contributions relating to daily life, including tips, e.g. "What to do if you want to let go of the help," entertainment and literary contributions by Klabund, another Joseph Conrad's short story "Youth" with illustrations by Pontus Barabane. The last twenty pages again with illustrated practical tips around the household, including tips for new and useful appliances and efficient nourishment. The 1930 edition is arranged in the same way with literary contributions by Maxim Gorki, illustrations by Pontus Barabane, and others. This edition contains an extended section on how to use a gas oven with eight pages of recipes at rear. Both editions are beautifully illustrated with drawings and woodcuts.
Text in German, some contributions in Gothic script. 1929 edition with light wear along edges, small chips and rubbed. Block browned with minor foxing. 1930 edition with light wear along edges, minor chips and lightly rubbed. Inscription "An Gottes Segen ist alles gelegen" with unidentifiable signature dated 14. May 1930 penciled to front free endpaper and inked or penciled entries in the calendar section of January, February, March, April, Mai, June, July and September. Missing pages seven and eight of the 1930 edition. Very good condition. Item #48377