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67 1343 Kokoschka O
67 1343 Kokoschka O
67 1343 Kokoschka O
67 1343 Kokoschka O
67/1343 Kokoschka, O. Die traeumenden Knaben. Vienna, Wiener Werkstätte, printed by Berger und Chwala, 1908, 1st ed., (10) leaves, 8 col. lithogr. plates w. text in right margin, 2 uncol. ills. (title-p. and dedication) and orig. cl. w. use of gilt thread and w. mounted plate on frontcover, all by O. KOKOSCHKA, all but 3 monogrammed "OK" on the stone, printed in 500 copies (225), obl. 4to.

- Very fine, complete copy. Sm. library stamp ("Ned. Ver. S.O. Bibliotheek") and manuscript date "1926" on first free endpaper; date in pencil on final pastedown reading "30.VI 08".

= The financier of the Wiener Werkstätte, Franz Waerndorfer, commissioned Oskar Kokoschka to create a fairytale book for his children in 1907. It was published by the Wiener Werkstätte in 500 copies, and was presented at the Kunstschau exhibition of 1908. The number of copies ordered was disappointingly small and only a few copies were bound at the time. In 1917 Kurt Wolff reissued 275 copies of the remaining printrun in a lim. numb. edition and in a sl. different binding from the original binding (without use of the gilt thread). Our copy is one of the UNNUMBERED copies of the first edition and as such is very rare, especially in this fine condition. At the time of commissioning (1907) Oskar Kokoschka was still a student at Vienna's Kunstgewerbeschule. The fairytale that he wrote shows his strong Expressionist tendencies and is not a typical children's book. As Waerndorfer wrote to Kokoschka's former teacher C.O. Czeschka: "Eben bringt Kokoschka sein Märchenbuch, fertig und mit Text. Zum Beispiel: Musik, Musik, Gaukler, mein Leib, Schellenrassler, Beckenschläger. Weg der Popanz meines sündhaften Vorbehalts. Helle Feur liegen an den Zwergwäldern. Hinab springe ich mit wehenden Gewändern zur Erde und wie ein hoher einziger Ton steht hinter mir auf den Gärten die Sehnsucht. Na servus, und das ist der Lehrer meiner Kinder. Aber die Bilder sind glänzend." (Jentsch 1). Vom Jugendstil zum Bauhaus. Deutsche Buchkunst 1895-1930, no. 81; Raabe 166, 1; Werner/ Schweiger p.86ff; Bolliger II, 243 ("Prachtvolles Werk des Wiener Jugendstils. Sehr selten" and cf. The Artist and the Book 147 (on the ed. Leipsic, Kurt Wolff, 1917): "(...) This book and Slevogt's Sindbad, Berlin, 1908 (...) are the first important modern livres de peintres from east of the Rhein." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LI.

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