Lot 101: (VAN DE VELDE, HENRY / HARRY KESSLER.) Nietzsche, Friedrich. Also Sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen.
December 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: (VAN DE VELDE, HENRY / HARRY KESSLER.) Nietzsche, Friedrich. Also Sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen. Title-pages and ornamentation by van de Velde in burgundy, bronze, and black on ivory wove paper. Type by G. Lemmen printed under the direction of Harry Graf Kessler. Folio, in a magnificent custom binding by eleanore ramsey of burgundy Oasis Niger goatskin with raised burgundy panels and radiating bands of black and burgundy morocco stamped with waved lines of gold, each cover containing a diamond-shaped window revealing a raised central panel attached to sueded endpapers, the front panel gilt-stamped with the title and author, signed along rear inner edge; matching custom clamshell box backed in black Niger lettered "Nietzsche" in gold along spine, over grey handmade textured paper-covered boards, the interior with suede insets to cradle the relief elements of the binding, signed on inside rear panel; original gilt-pictorial vellum covers bound in. Printed by W. Drugulin. Leipzig: Insel-Verlag, 1908
Notes: number 528 of 530 copies of the great kessler-van de velde production in a stunning and masterly example of modern bookbinding by eleanore ramsey, the San Francisco-based bookbinder. A superb work by the Belgian architect and designer, van de Velde. "The inter-lacings of letter forms in the refined version of Art Nouveau that characterized van de Velde''s work are are given their most opulent presentation on the title-page"--Castleman 34; Sarkowski 1193; Brinks 28.