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Yugoslav Book Design: Edip Kralj – Antigona [Oedipus Rex – Antigone]



A Slovenian translation of Oedipus Rex and Antigone with a stunning late art-deco cover, made by an architect Marko Župančič


8°: 158 pp., [2 pp.], original black calf with gilt decoration and lettering on the cover (minor foxing, minimal scuffing to the corners of the binding, but otherwise in a good condition).


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Marko Župančič, was an architect, illustrator and a son of a exceedingly popular Slovenian author Oton Župančič.

Župančič was a student of architect Jože Plečnik and a student at Le Corbusier’s studio in Paris. He returned to Ljubljana in 1940 and joined the underground resistance during WWII, where he worked as a designer of propaganda flyers and forger of documents.

Caught by the Fascist, Župančič was first sent to the Gonars concentration camp, and later to Dachau, where he helped preparing the prisoners’ newspaper Dahavski poročevalec. He authored the only two known printed maps, we are aware of, of the Dachau concentration camp, made by the prisoners.

After the war, he was working as a draftsman of large architectural projects in Yugoslavia. Župančič’s work as a book designer is not well researched.

The book was printed in February and March 1941, only days before the beginning of WWII in Yugoslavia, when both the translator of the text, Fran Albrecht, and the designer Marko Župančič joined the partisans. After being captured by the Germans, they were both sent to the Dachau concentration camp.

References: OCLC 443673222, 444865262.

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