Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Noa Noa: Voyage de Tahiti [1/80 deluxe copies bound in full leather]

München: R. Piper & Co., 1926. Limited Deluxe edition. Hardcover. 42/80. Small Folio. (3) 204 [i.e. 208]pp. Rebacked retaining the original gilt-stamped yellow leather backstrip with gilt-framed pebbled leather, retaining original endpapers; housed in the original woodcut illustrated paper-covered slipcase. Top edge gilt. Publisher's colophon bookplate pasted to inside front cover reading: "Marees Gesellschaft, MCMXXVI. VI. Druck. Herausgeber: Meier-Graefe. Verlag: R. Piper & Co. München. Hersteller: Ganymed, GMBH., Berlin. Von den Stücken I-LXXX trägt dies Nr. XLII." Embossed Exlibris of Ernst Simon on free endpaper.

Facsimile of Gauguin's original handwritten and illustrated journal. Richly illustrated with color and b/w reproductions of paintings in watercolor, woodcuts, drawings and the occasional photograph. This deluxe edition published by R. Piper & Co. in 1926 is still considered theto be the finest facsimile of Gauguin's original manuscript now kept in the Louvre.

Paul Gauguin started to write his travel journal Noa Noa (Fragrance) in Paris after returning from Tahiti in 1893. He gave the text pages to the symbolist poet Charles Morice, keeping the original pages with drawings, prints, watercolors and other visual material.

Gauguin was a changed man after returning from Tahiti: 'Farewell, hospitable land, delicious land, home of freedom and beauty! I leave after two years, twenty years younger, more uncouth therefore than on arrival and yet more educated. Yes, the savages have taught many things to the old civilized man, those illiterates, about the science of living and the art of being happy.' (Paul Gauguin)

Text in French. The slipcase has been expertly restored with original front and back panel woodblocks attached. Slipcase imagery with some water staining and imperfections along edges. The water staining to back cover and spine of the book has been professionally restored. Error in pagination of original, numbering 38 and 39 twice, and numbers of pages 60 and 61 omitted with following page numbered 61. Several blank pages as issued. Very good condition. Item #52826

Ernst Simon (1872-1945) was a German entrepreneur and engineer. He entered the company of his father, Dölken & Co.GmbH, at the age of twenty and was instrumental in the expansion of the venture. Simon invented a new recycling method and patented it, selling the licenses to companies throughout Europe. After the death of his father he lead the compnay with his brother Otto. The company was admitted to the German Werkbund in 1913. The company grew due to a number of innovative steps Simon had undertaken and he became an active member in the cultural and political affairs in Essen Werden. Due to his Jewish ancestry the Nazis forced him to give up his business. His brother Otto emigrated to the Netherlands but was deported and killed in Bergen-Belsen in 1945. The comapny had been arienized in 1938, Ernst Ludwig taken into protective costody but was permitted to emmigrate to the Netherlands with his wife where he managed to leave for the USA in 1940. He died there penniless in 1945.

Price: $9,500.00

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