Viennese Children's Book Art

WITTRISCH (Ilona, illustrator) - BINDTNER (Josef)Die Spinnen. Ein deutsches Märchen, erzählt von Dr. Josef Bindtner [The spiders. A German fairy tale, told by Dr. Josef Bindtner].

Wien, (Aus der k.k. Graphischen Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt), 1914.

4to, publisher’s half vellum lettered in gilt over paper boards with a decor of foliage in grey, black and brown. (4) pp., 34 pp. Book design and illustration by Ilona Wittrisch, including the title-page printed in gold and grey with floral border, two exquisite large decorative borders, a capital letter, a tailpiece and 5 colour plates. Complete.

First Edition.

Beautiful book printed at the Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr- und Versuchanstalt [Viennese School of Graphic Design, founded 1888]. The painter and graphic artist Ilona Wittrisch (1879-1946) is mostly known for her paintings and engravings (she designed many bookplates), she was also active in the applied arts (textile). The daughter of the architect Gustav Wittrisch, she attended a private painting school around 1898, from 1899-1904 she studied at the Kunstschule für Frauen und Mädchen [Art School for Women and Girls] in Vienna (with Ludwig Michalek, Hans Tichy and Adolf Böhm), and from 1911 to 1916 at the Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt (with Ludwig Michalek, Viktor Mader, Georg Brandlmayr and Hubert Landa). She illustrated only two books, the present commercial publication and “Die vier Jahreszeiten” [The Four Seasons], her masterpiece, privately produced and limited to a handful copies, both created in the same year at the School of Graphic Design.

A fine copy.

Price: 500,00 euros


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