11th edition : 9-10-11 March 2018
Participants 2018: Harrison-Hieth
These are Harrison-Hieth’s top items on this year’s edition of the Maastricht Antiquarian Book & Print Fair.
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SEITEI, Watanabe [also Shötei] - Kacho gafu [vol. 1 and 2]
Published Meiji 23-24 (1890-91). 86 colour woodcuts of animals and flowers and 14 pages of Japanese text, taken from the original book block bound editions, published in 1890, signed by Seitei. 50 loose passe-partouts (card enclosures front and rear), each with two opposite pages side by side under passe-partout, as well as the original covers; in custom made wooden box with clasps. With 4 minor holes from binding twine in every p. (along the left or right margin), first p. with some loss, else very well preserved copy of this beautiful publication. Image size 20.5 x 15 cm., passe-partout size 32 x 49.5 cm.
COLIN, Paul. - Le Tumulte Noir
A spectacular limited facsimile of this Jazz Age work. One of 500 copies on papier vélin Rivoli Ivoire (160g). This copy is numbered 464/500. Folding stiff white boards with black and red text to the front board. Black spine. Secured by faux (?) leather studs The album is composed of 45 lithographs Loose as issued (including a double page spread). The title page has the publisher details, the limitation, and is signed by Mario Ferreri (The Master of Lithography) and Nicolas Draeger (the Editor). There are some preliminary pages of text, and a facsimile of a poem by Josephine Baker. Then is the suite of beautiful plates. Plates 1,3,4,5,6,9,10,12,13,19,25,32,38,39,40,41,42 & 43 are coloured by the Societe Brugier Seriagraphe. See notes below for the background to the work. Josephine Baker is specifically portrayed twice; in one print she wears a skirt of palm leaves, and in another she wears the famous skirt of yellow bananas introduced at the Folies-Bergère music hall in 1926. Other prints feature various performers from the Revue, including a double sheet rendering of the orchestra performing against an Art Deco cityscape, and Parisians ecstatically dancing the Charleston.
Een oorlog trok over Rotterdam / A War Drew Over Rotterdam 10-14 Mei 1940
A wonderful photographic tribute to the people of Rotterdam. This leather-bound album contains over 140 original photographs of Rotterdam before, during, and after the German blitz bombing of the 14th May 1940. Full green leather with the crest of the city of Rotterdam to the front cover. A frontis photograph shows a memorial to the fallen of the blitz. This would seem to place this photograph in circa 1945 - but despite finding postcards and online images, this would seem to have been a temporary memorial pending a permanent one.
A title page, shows a ruined church - with the title ‘Een oorlog trok over Rotterdam 10-14 Mei 1940.’ (all titles and ornamentation has been done with a dark graphite pencil). There are then several large photographs of the docks before the war. The last of these is a beautiful shot of the bridge with the imposing Witte building across the Maas. The following large photograph shows the Witte building standing amidst the smoke and flames, whilst the buildings around it are consumed by fire. A further 15 smaller photographs show smoke and burning buildings throughout the city. Three fascinating photographs follow. The first shows the SS Statendam before the war - following by the flagship ablaze, and finally as a burnt out hulk. The Statendam had the misfortune to be docked in the port when the Germans invaded. They occupied it and set up guns upon it during the invasion, and during a firefight with the Dutch army, it caught fire and was destroyed.
The rest of the photographs show buildings, streets and churches before and after the blitz. The photographer was obviously a keen architectural photographer at the time Most of the photographs show a ‘before and after’ Nearly always from the same point and angle. It seems that after the blitz, he re-visited his previous subjects, to give the two perspectives and to make a unique record. Towards the end of the volume, are a small number of photographs showing the clear up of the damage and debris (including an ‘action shot’ of one building caught in the act of falling).
This is a wonderful and unique documentary record of the blitz of Rotterdam. 139 original photographs (plus another few loose in an envelope). These are in three sizes. Large - (24cm W X 18cm H), Medium (17 cm W X 10cm H) and small (14cm W X 8cm H). Most are large or medium. The album itself is 35cm H x 25cm W.
Virginia Woolf – Letter to A Young Poet (Signed)
A nice copy of this first edition, signed by Woolf to the title page. Card covers, with a design by John Banting. The letter sets out here disenchantment with the self obsession of the ‘modern’ poet. 190 by 130 mm (7½ by 5 inches).
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