Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Die Böttcherstrasse. Internationale Zeitschrift (14 Issues; Complete Run)

Bremen: Angelsachsen-Verlag, 1928-1930. First edition. Softcover. Folio. Variant pagination. Original color-illustrated stiff wraps with lettering in various colors. Lithographic covers by Bernhard Hoetger. The magazines contain between fifty and sixty pages per issue, two to six preliminary pages with title page, table of contents and description of plates, plus approximately forty additional, unnumbered pages with illustrated, high-quality advertisements. The inserted plates in variant seizes include lithographs, some with silver or gilt overprint, photogravures and facsimiles. Many of the advertisements are produced in lithography or as collotypes. Some of the issues with additional laid in announcements.

The International Periodical "Die Böttcherstrasse" is a bibliophile delicacy. Printed on letterpress the magazine presents a variety of photographic and lithographic highlights as well as color facsimiles on handmade paper or vellum. The magazine, it was published from May 1928 to July 1930, is not suited for general literary consumption since it causes "vomitus, heart spasms and sometimes even leads to death!... Just like the Wall Street Journal, it is a street in Bremen that served as a titular Saint... The Böttcherstrasse is a small, picturesque cul-de-sac in the heart of the German city of Bremen..." (Daniel Schreiber, AKMB-news, 2006). The founder of the magazine. Ludwig Roselius, was a coffee merchant and founder of the company Kaffee HAG. As for the content Roselius strove to create a forum for international exchange. Heinrich Mann was quoted to have said about the magazine "you have to choose whether you want to be nationalistic or European."

'The Böttcherstrasse was met with praise by many, including the design by Bernhard Hoetger, and it was credited with helping to lead Germany out of its isolation. But there were venomous voices as well, e.g. Friedrich Reifferscheidt from the (catholic) Munich magazine "Hochland." He imagined a raid of a 'riot squad of reason against the hoodlums of unreasonableness and arrogance.' Whoever reads the Böttcherstrasse today would concede to the Bavarians: It is a "mouthpiece of the world intelligencia," so the magazine gloats, but in the end nothing but the mouthpiece of a nationalistic-minded large scale manufacturer. On the occasion of the "Reichstagswahl" in 1933 Roselius suggested to his employees 'to let go of all reservations' and stand behind Adolf Hitler in this hour of great need of the fatherland.' However, Roselius' advances towards Hitler were not met with approval. Hitler, during the 1936 Parteitag in Nuremberg, dismissed this kind of Böttcher-Straßen-Culture fiercely.' (Daniel Schreiber, AKMB-news, 2006).

The origin of the magazine is traced back to the International Press Exhibition held in Cologne (Köln) from May to October 1928. Roselius (Kaffee HAG) decided to develop his own magazine and present its first issue at the opening of the PRESSA Köln in May 1928. The extensive advertisement sections (through issue No. 8, then diminished to two to four leaves) contain a majority of impressive ads for merchandise of the Roselius' company Kaffee HAG and other businesses. Text in German.

First Issue, May 1928, features contributions relating the the world press, including facsimile excerpts of Japanese, Uzbekistan and English newspapers. Contains lithograph of the Death Mask of Joseph von Görres, writing samples by Peter Hammer (1808), a lithograph of the handwritten Fugger Newspaper, color lithographs of a biography of Émile de Girardin and an American caricature from the magazine Kladderadatsch, among others. Light wear of wraps along edges, some light chipping and creasing, lightly age-toned and rubbed. Very light staining on back cover. Some foxing on free endpapers and tissue guards. Block lightly age-toned.

Second Issue, June 1928, focuses on modern architecture, including works by Le Corbusier, Gaudi, Gropius, Poelzig, Mendelsohn, Oud, Taut, Wright, among others, with a brief photographic introduction depicting ancient architecture like the Amon-Ra-Temple at Luxor, the Great Buddha Temple at Gaya, Stonehenge and the Monolith Stairs by Cuzco, among others. It contains contributions by Konrad Adenauer, Alfred Döblin, Oskar Loerke, Stefan Zweig. Light wear along edges of wraps, with light chipping at head and tail of spine; lightly rubbed. Block lightly age-toned.

Third Issue, July 1928: World Travel, with contributions by Ludwig Roselius, Albert Prinz von Bourbon, Manfred Hausmann, Arthur Rimbaud. Contains several astrological constellations, Beatus' Map of the World, rendered lithographically, several exotic plants and landscapes in collotype, a musical score and several facsimile reproductions of literary works, among others. Light wear along edges of wraps, small chips and light creasing. Some chipping at head and tail of spine. Back cover with light staining and rubbing. Block lightly age-toned.

Fourth Issue, August 1928: Indo-Germanica, with contributions by Karl Theodor Strasser, K. F. Wolff, Klemens Löffler. Contains several collotypes and lithographic reproductions of Indo-Germanica, maps, and several facsimile reproductions of literary documents. Minor wear along edges of wraps with small closed tear at tail of spine.

Fifth Issue, September 1928: The Women's Movement, with contributions by Gertrud Bäumer, Marie Luise Weissmann, Olga Gzowskaja, Simone Tery. Contains several color and b/w reproductions of luminaries relating to the women's movement, including a facsimile of a manuscript. Wraps with light wear along edges., very light creasing. Minor age-toning of block. Back cover lightly rubbed.

Sixth Issue, October 1928: The World State, with contributions by E. Quesada, A. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Arthur Holitscher. Contains reproductions of manuscripts, photographs, maps, a score, including facsimiles, all relating to the ideas of international communities and entities. Wraps with light wear along edges, small chips at head and tail of spine. Light creasing at lower foredge corner. Block lightly age-toned.

Seventh Issue, November 1928: World Philosophy, with contributions by Friedrich Noltenius, Maria Laach, Gertrude Roberts, Karel Capek, Le Corbusier, C. G. Jung. Contains numerous high quality offset reproductions of photographs of monuments, artwork and landscapes, and several facsimile reproductions of documents and literary work. Wraps with very light wear along edges, minor chips. Back cover with very light foxing along spine. Block with minor age-toning.

Eighth Issue, December 1928: Scientific Creation, with contributions Guido K. Brand, Franz Lederer, Mark Neven, Max Brod, Georg Trakl. Laid in full page advertisement of Angelsachsen-Verlag. Contains several collotypes and facsimile reproductions of documents and collotypes of artwork. Last issue with extensive advertisement section in color and b/w. Light wear along edges of wraps, very light chipping and creasing, with very light age-toning along edges of back cover. Small chip at tail of spine. Laid in advertisement age-toned, some light foxing and light fraying at foredge. Foredge with small water stain, not affecting pages. Block lightly age-toned.

Ninth Issue, February 1929: The World of Technology, with contributions by R. Müller-Freienfels, Oscar Bie, Alfred Döblin, Kasimir Edschmid. Laid in full page advertisement of Angelsachsen-Verlag. Illustrated with numerous collotypes relating, two of them photogravures. Advertising section reduced to two leaves. Wraps with light wear along edges and minor training in red on cover. Some rubbing of back cover. Some water staining on inside front cover.

Tenth Issue, April 1929: World Humor and Satire with contributions by Werner Mahrholz, Shane Leslie, Karel Capek, M. Y. Ben-Gavriel. Laid in full page advertisement of Angelsachsen-Verlag. Illustrated with collotypes and facsimile reproduction of literary documents. One lithograph of the "Soldier Schwejk." Reduced advertising section. Light wear along edges of covers, light chipping at head and tail of spine. Laid in advertisements with some wear and age-toned.

Eleventh Issue, Juni 1929: World Epochs of Art, with contributions by Hermann Bahr, Antoine Bourdelle, Alfred Kuhn, Max Osborn, Paul Westheim. Illustrated extensively with collotypes of artwork. Four leaves of advertisements. Very light wear along edges of cover with very light foxing on back cover, minor creasing at front cover. Minor foxing on inside covers.

Twelfth Issue, October 1929: Anglo-Saxons, with contributions by Claudius v. Schwerin, Emilio Brodero, Max Brod, Philip Madis, Scott Goddard. Illustrated with several reproductions of artwork in offset and collotype, color-offset and facsimile reproductions of documents and literary work. Two leaves of advertisements. Light wear along edges of covers, minor staining on front, some staining on back cover. Very light foxing of Becker-Modersohn page, not affecting image.

Thirteenth Issue, May 1930: World Medicine, with contributions by Hermann Tjaden, R. W. Schulte, Antonio Dionisi, Rudolf Fischl, Hans Struck. Illustrated with offset reproduction and collotypes of photographs and documents, color offset and facsimile of literary work. Four leaves of advertisements. Some wear along edges of front cover, small chips and light creasing, inside covers lightly age-toned.

Fourteenth Issue, July 1930: World Music, with contributions by H. H. Stuckenschmidt, H. Mersmann, Kenzo Sato. Illustrated with death mask of Beethoven, various offset reproductions of photographs and facsimile reproductions of publications on music. Three leaves of advertisements. Very light wear along edges covers. Very good- to near fine condition. Item #52635

Price: $1,500.00