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8°. 479 pp., original wrappers with illustrated title (good uncut example, wrappers with small cracks in margins and slightly dusty, otherwise in a good condition).


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This is the first separately published edition of the most famous novel by a Croatian writer Antun “Ante” Kovačić. Kovačić was one of the finest representatives of Croatian realism in literature. The text was first published in magazines in 1888.

The cover with gold and black art-nouveau drawing was designed by Ljubo Babić (1890-1974). Babić was one of the Croatian most active and influential artists of the 20th century. He was active as a painter, designer, book designer, stage designer, draftsman and art historian. He was the first director of the Zagreb Modern Gallery.

Before WWII Babić exhibited on numberless exhibitions in Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia, in Paris (1914, 1919, 1925), Barcelona London, Leipzig, Berlin (1936), New York (1939), Lyon, Milan and at the Venetian Bienale (1938). In 1932 he organized an exhibition of Yugoslav book in Leipzig.

During WWII Ljubo Babić worked for the Independent State of Croatia, when he designed its flag and money.


References: OCLC 254930762.

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