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Fritz Kredel: Das buchkunstlerische Werk in Deutschland und Amerika.

Ronald Salter (b. 1938).

ISBN 10: 391020645X / ISBN 13: 9783910206458
Published by Burgart-Presse,, 2003
Condition: Collectible: Like New Hardcover
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FIRST EDITION. 4to. 12 x 8 1/2 inches. 214 (2) pp. Half-title with color illustration, black-and-white photographic frontispiece portrait of Kredel, text in German-language, color and black-and-white illustrations throughout, including samples of pages layouts, title pages, and color vignettes of Kredel's art work used as decorations throughout, bibliography of Kredel's published work, index; text clean, unmarked. Orange paper over boards, printed paper label on front cover, spine titled in gilt, added plain-paper and mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Fine. A thoughtful and thorough treatment of the Fritz Kredel's work as an artist for books over the span of his career. An essential tool for the collector. Ronald Salter, an exile from World War II Germany, spent a 37 year career in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature at Tufts University. Bookseller Inventory # CH814-384

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Title: Fritz Kredel: Das buchkunstlerische Werk in ...

Publisher: Burgart-Presse,

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Edition: First Edition.

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Edition limited to 550 copies, of which this is one of 520 copies in this binding. Fritz Kredel was born in Michelstadt in Germany in 1900. For political reasons he emigrated to the USA in the 1930s, where he died in New York in 1973. He is an uncommon figure in the history of book art because he moved apparently effortlessly in, and between, two cultures. On both sides of the Atlantic Ocean he created an extensive oeuvre that is equally appreciated in Germany and in the USA. At the Paris World Exhibition of 1937 he was awarded the Gold Medal for book illustration and in the 1961 he designed the official seal for President John F. Kennedy. In Germany Kredel is appreciated as the most famous pupil and collaborator of Rudolf Koch and as a favoured illustrator of the Insel-Verlag. In America he became famous as an illustrator of children´s and juvenile books. In the first part of this monograph 100 pages Ronald Salter surveys Kredel´s illustrative work with particular regard to its stylistic characteristics and his creative strategies in relation to the texts in hand. The second part of 96 pages is a descriptive oeuvre-catalogue of over 600 entries. It is a complete and systematic inventory of Kredel´s illustrative work, from his illustration of the "classics" to the pattern papers and dust jackets he designed. The book concludes with a literature survey and a register. It has 216 pages with 142 illustrations, most of which are colored. 214, 2 pages. orange paper-covered boards with Kredel's signet inset on cover on paper label. 4to..

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