One of the most wonderful Swiss children's books


D'r Luschdig Zipiti und Sini Schbezel. 8 farbigi Bilderbige (original Schteizeichnige) mit "lehrreiche Reimche".

Basel, Verlag Wepf Schwabe & Co., Druck W. Wassermann, (1915).

Oblong 4to, loose as issued in publisher’s colour pictorial folder. 8 original richly coloured lithographs (9 including the cover). Complete.

First and only edition. Calligraphic text in Swiss dialect  arranged around and within the images. Stunning images of strange creatures and stylized animals similar to some of Tom Seidmann Freud’s work; several of the lithos are on black backgrounds that enhance the striking effect of the art.

Paul Hosch (1886-1975), noted Swiss architect, graphic artist and poster designer. Trained at Elberfeld, he joined the Darmstadt artists’ colony before founding in Basel, with his former student Hans Melching, the “Schweizer Werskätten”. The book echoes the style of the Vienna Secession and the Wiener Werkstätte. It is Hosch’s last book design.

Excellent copy.

Ref. Un Art enfantin, livres pour enfants illustrés par des artistes, Genève, Exposition à la Bibliothèque d’Art et d’Archéologie, 2007-8, 35 / Kaiser, Swiss Picture Books, pp. 32-33: “One of the most wonderful Swiss children’s books” / Not in Bilderwelt im Kinderbuch & Catalogue of the Cotsen Children’s Library