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SLOVENIAN / YUGOSLAV BOOK DESIGN: Pohod v zmedo [Der Marsch ins Chaos / A March into Chaos]


Original book design with photomontage


2 volumes, each 8°, 96 pp., 97-208 pp., original illustrated wrappers (minimal wear and foxing, otherwise in a good condition)

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This is the first Slovenian translation of the war novel Der Marsch ins Chaos. Österreichs Kriegsbuch von der italienischen Front, written by Josef Hofbauer, known for his socialist motifs, and first published in Vienna in 1930. The translation was published in two volumes in 1935 with an original design in a series Evalit, which derived from the expression prijateljeva literatura (friend’s literature) by the Prijatelj (Friend) press.

The book binding was designed by Mitja Svigelj and the dustjacket by Svigelj‘s studio Mico. Mitja Svigelj is one of the most underappreciated book designers of 1930s Yugoslavia / Slovenia. Schooled as an engineer and architect, Svigelj was mostly active as a designer and photographer, running his own studio Mico (also Miko), where he developed photomontages. His opus also included book designs strongly influenced by his architectural training. In 1940, Svigelj’s painted works were exhibited in the Jakopič Pavilion, the most import institution in Ljubljana. During WWII, Svigelj painted theatre scenes. After the war, he immigrated to Buenos Aires due to his opposition to the new socialist regime. Until now, we could not trace any information on Svigelj’s work in South America.

References: OCLC 438690

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