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Art Nouveau Book Design / Slavica: Poezije



A stunningly well preserved art nouveau luxury edition of poetry by a Slovenian author Dragotin Kette with wonderful illustrations by an academic artis Maksim Gaspari, made in Munich and influenced by contemporary art nouveau.

Large 12°. Portrait with a facsimile signature, XXXVI, [1 pp] text with a portrait, protected with original guard, facsimile of a letter protected with original guard, 182 pp. with illustrated titles and vignettes, original blue cloth binding with gilt and black decoration and lettering, original patterned endpapers, gilt edges (Very Good, with only light traces of wear).


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A collection of poems for children and adults and fables for children by a popular Slovenian author Dragotin Kette (1876 – 1899) was decorated by an academic artist Maksim Gaspari, who was at the time living in Munich and was heavily influenced by contemporary Viennese and south Bavarian book design.

First book of Kette’s work was only published in 1900, a year after his death at the age of 23.

This is the second edition of Kette’s poetry, enlarged with a biography, portrait and a facsimile of his writing, representing the first wonderful monument to the author. Our edition is a rare-to-find limited luxury version in blue linen and gilt decoration. The more known edition was published without illustrations, bound in simple wrappers and subtitled as “Common Edition”.

References: OCLC 314461499, 320076396, 442232769, 62644224.

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