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Otiot: Schöpfungsalphabet aus dem Buch Sohar mit zweiundzwanzig originalgraphischen Buchstabenbildern von Josua Reichert (Letters: Creation alphabet from the Zohar with twenty-two original graphic letter designs by Josua Reichert) [SIGNED BY THE ARTIST/DESIGNER]

Reichert, Josua; Heinz Beier (transl)

Published by Verlag Faber & Faber, Leipzig, 1998
Condition: vg Hardcover

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48/150 (XLVIII). 4to. Quarter cloth with decorative paper-covered boards in matching slipcase. Signed in pencil by the artist. Twenty-two colorful serigraphs, each featuring a stylized letter of the Hebrew alphabet against a dynamic background that generates optical color vibrations. Text from the kabbalistic Zohar (1:2b-3a, translated from Aramaic to German) on most facing pages pairs the letter with a word that portrays its playful appeal to the master of the universe in making a case for why it should be chosen as the letter-the sound, the word-by which the world will be created. For example, the letter 'mem' petitions via its agency in the word melekh (king), but fails to win the honor, which of course goes in the end to 'bet' as be-reshit (beginning). Dancing roundly in the tradition of Jewish mysticism with Shimon bar Yochai, Abraham Abulafia and Moshe de León, Reichert's work brings letter magic to vibrant life through skillful command of color theory and printmaking. Signed. One of 150 copies. Top corners of board gently bumped. Near fine condition. Winner of Leipziger Bibliophilen-Abend's eighth annual Leipziger Drucke award. Otiot was printed by the artist and Martin Schimansky at SchumacherGebler in Munich. Although Reichert is one of Europe's most noted typographers, the appearance of the letters-an expression of their interior energy-in Otiot is the font "Chaim" which was created in 1929 by the Polish graphic designer, book illustrator and set designer, Jan Le Witt (1907-1991). Leipziger Drucke limited subscribers edition. Bookseller Inventory # 11554

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Title: Otiot: Schöpfungsalphabet aus dem Buch Sohar...

Publisher: Verlag Faber & Faber, Leipzig

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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