Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1942. Rudolf Koch was a leading German calligrapher, typographic artist and teacher who, in the 1920s, invited Fritz Kredel to join his studio where Kredel perfected the art of making woodcuts. Das Blumenbuch (The Flower Book), originally published in an expanded edition in 1929-30, was the first collaboration between the two artists and was Kredel's first major book commission. This collaboration is regarded by many as their masterpiece. This set of 80 color plates from the original edition display the beauty of the illustrations Koch and Kredel created. This is a variant of the book issued in 1942, with the loose plates in groups of four housed in a cardboard box. The box is only in good condition, with chipping, bumping, and tears. The leather spine label is torn and only Koch's name remains. However, the contents are in very good condition. There are seven pages of text in German in the last gathering. Sheets are 9.25 x 12.25 inches. BOB/041620. Very Good.