Very Good. Item #5841
Berlin: Neufeld & Henius, 1924. First Edition Thus. Quarto; Vol I [vi] + 400pp; Vol II 328pp. Twenty full-page color offset lithographs by Lucian Zabel (10 per volume, including frontispieces). Mandarin leather spine and corners with teal-and-mandarin lithographed botanical panels. Raised bands on spine with deeply embossed and gilded botanical imprints; author and title in gold within black compartment; illustrator’s name stamped in gold at foot of spine. Textblock edges stained crimson. Entirely in German.
Minor chafing of color on spine bands and leather corners; spine gilding brilliant. Shelf erosion of bottom board edges and some wear to board fore-edges. Textblock clean, unmarked, square and tight in binding. Colors of lithographic illustrations remain very bright.
Prolific German novelist and playwright Klabund (Alfred Henschke) here translates Boccaccio for a German audience from the original unabridged, uncensored text. German graphic artist Lucian Zabel was working in a mode heavily influenced by Klimtian eroticism. The results are politely—but appealingly and undeniably—racy.