Max Elskamp

Henry VAN DE VELDEHenry van de Velde entretient ses Collègues de l'Académie libre Edmond Picard de la formation poétique de Max Elskamp et d'une amitié de plus de 50 ans. 15 juin 1933.

(Brussels, Press of Isad, 1934).

Square 8vo, publisher’s card wrappers of hand-painted paper with decor of horizontal stripes in shades of brown. 3 unnumbered leaves, 46pp., 2 blank leaves. Text printed in Paul Renner’s Futura typeface (introduced in Belgium by van de Velde). Small woodcut self-portrait of Elskamp in bistre on the title-page (reprinted from his work “Les six chansons”). Complete.

First Edition.

Exceedingly rare book hand-printed on the private press of the La Cambre School of Arts in an edition of only [40] copies for private distribution.

This copy with a signed inscription in pencil on the title by Henry van de Velde’s daughter Thylberte “Thylla” van de Velde (1904-1955) and her second husband Robert “Bob” Anthony Kröller (1897-1954): “A notre meilleure amie, Thylla et Bob Kröller-van de Velde”.

Fine text on Max Elskamp, the noted Belgian folkorist, poet and illustrator (1862-1931) by his very close friend Henry van de Velde.

The famed architect and designer Henry van de Velde (1863-1957) was trained as painter, but developed further as an architect, interior designer, designer, teacher and artistic adviser. He left an impressive oeuvre and built up an international career, boasting a great number of creations in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands and France. Among his best-known buildings are the villa Bloemenwerf in Brussels, various Art Nouveau residences in Weimar, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo and the modernist Boekentoren of the University of Ghent. He was one of the originators of the school of art that gave rise to the Bauhaus and founded the La Cambre School of Arts in Brussels. In his furniture, silverware, porcelain, jewellery, book bindings and other creations, he proved able, as no other, to combine practical utility with elegant sturdiness, thereby gaining international renown.

A fine copy.

Ref. Pascal de Sadeleer, Max Elskamp, Catalogue raisonné d’un ensemble exceptionnel de son oeuvre littéraire et graphique, (1985), 154

Prix: 950,00 euros

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