Munich: Bremer Presse, 1926-1929. Hardcover. 365 copies. This is a magnificent production from the famed Bremer Presse of Germany - probably their masterpiece. They published books from 1911 to 1939, interrupted only by World War I. It was founded by Willy Wiegand, and like England's Doves Press, rejected ornament except for splendid initials draw by Anna Simons and relied upon carefully chosen types and painstaking presswork to produce its limited edition hand printed books. The colophon states that this edition was printed to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther's German bible. The text was based on the editions published in 1545 and 1546. The Bible (German: Lutherbibel) was the first German language Bible translation from Latin sources. The New Testament was first published in September 1522, and the complete Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments with Apocrypha, in 1534. Luther continued to make improvements to the text until 1545. The five volumes are: Die Bucher Mose; Teil des Alten Testaments; Teil des Alten Testaments; Die Propheten; Das Neue Testament. Each volume has a different copy number. They are bound uniformly in blue paper boards with linen spines with the title written in calligraphy. The volumes are housed in gray paper board slipcases. In near fine condition in very good slipcases. Measures 10 x 14 inches. Unpaginated [each volume about 250-300 pages] PRI/011623. Near Fine.
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Tölz, Germany: Bremer Presse, 1919. Hardcover. Number 167 of 270 copies. A handsome translation of Oedipus Rex, finely printed at the renowned Bremer Presse. Bound in marbled blue and brown paper boards with vellum spine and tips. Signed Bremer bindery. Gilt titling on spine. Spine is soiled and light wear to edges of covers. Text pages are clean and bright. Very good condition. Measures 7 x 10.5 inches. 94 pages. PRI/120822. Very Good.
Berlin: Officina Serpentis, 1920. Hardcover. 1 of 100 copies in regular edition. Includes two essays: "Neuer Lehrbegriff der Bewegung und Rube, und der damit verknüpften Folgerungen in den ersten Gründn der Naturwissenschaft 1758" and "Von dem ersten Grunde des Unterschiedes der Gegenden im Raume 1768." Vellum spine with gilt title over tan paper covered boards with black title to front board. Browning and foxing to boards. Darkening to spine. Wear and bumping to top corners. A few spots of foxing to interior, mostly on endpapers. Clean and bright overall. Handprinted. First essay is 21 pages and second is 14 pages. IN GERMAN. GERLANG/122022. Very Good.
Darmstadt: Ratio-Presse, 1921. Hardcover. Number 103 of 200 copies. White parchment spine over cream paper covered boards with gilt floral device to front board. A few spots of soiling and browning to covers and spine, but clean overall. Printing and title etching by F.W. Kleukens. Text in German. The Ratio Press was in operation from 1919 - 1931. Friedrich W. Kleukens (1878 - 1956) was a typeface designer, artist, and member of the Darmstadt Artists' Colony. He founded the Ratio-Presse himself and later the Ernst-Ludwig-Presse with his brother Christian Heinrich. 17 pages. PRI/012323. Very Good.
Munich: Rupprecht Presse, 1930. Hardcover. 1 of 150 copies. Four stories by Swiss poet and author, Regina Ullmann (1884 - 1961). Hand printed on Zanders-Bütten under the supervision of F.H. Emcke with four hand-lettered initials in red by Anna Simons. Bound in purple and black leopard print patterned paper covered boards with cream paper title label to spine. Minor sunning to spine. Clean, bright interior. Text in German. 101 pages. PRI/012423. Very Good.
Leipzig: Verlage Philipp Reclam, 1955. Hardcover. Number 531 of 1100 copies. Signed by the author and illustrator. Bound in black cloth with gilt illustration on front cover. Wi acetate cover with title and Friedrich Schiller printed in blue. Acetate is chipped on top corners and lightly worn. Text pages are clean and bright with bit of offsetting to the endpapers and a penciled note in German on free front endpaper. Very good condition. Quarto. Unpaginated [22 pages]. GERMANLANG/120722. Very Good.
Frankfurt: Trajanus Presse, 1966. Hardcover. 363 of 500 copies. Founded by Swiss poet and designer Gottard de Beauclair, the Trajanus Presses produced letterpress books with illustrations from 1951 - 1977. He was the artistic director of a typefoundry alongside Hermann Zapf and Georg Kurt Schauer. In blue patterned paper covered boards with tan leather title label to spine. Sunning to spine and edges of boards. Minor rubbing to title label. Light wear to edges of boards and gentle bumping to bottom corners. Clean, bright interior printed in black and red with 14 woodcuts by Fritz Kredel, handcolored at the Silwar workshop in Pfungstadt. Slight evidence of dampstaining to bottom inch of textblock and boards. Letterpress printed by Fritz Kredel on Hahnemühle handmade paper. The book was designed by Gotthard de Beauclair and Walter Wilkes. In German. 112 pages. PRI/012423. Very Good.