Berlin: Konrad W. Mecklenburg, vorm. Richterscher Verlag. 1908. Limited edition. Hardcover. 1/100 copies; out of series. Octavo. Unpaginated, (1) 5, 39 (1) leaves. Original parchment boards with historiated, gilt-stamped cover vignette incorporating Liebermann's initials. Gilt top edge. Fore- and bottom edges untrimmed. Frontispiece etching. An alphabet in pictures with accompanying text by Richard Graul.
A charming ABC book, with historiated etchings for each letter of the alphabet in various sizes (app. 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"), some with variant motifs for one letter. Graul's text tells about Liebermann's career, his playful intention in creating sketches with all of his favorite motifs paired with capital letters of the alphabet in no particular typeface, not like Dürer looking for new proportions of letters nor Holbein's philosophical ruminations about the fate of human kind.
We encounter the farmer in the fields, the shepherd on the meadow, women stretching nets, the fisherman on the dunes, the wide Dutch landscape unveils itself in front of us. Liebermann ends his alphabet with a musing old man. Printed at Otto von Holten in Berlin. Text in German. Boards bent with some staining, scuffing and rubbing to boards. Minor indentation in rear board. Overall, a good copy with bright, clean pages. g. Item #7451