This is the First State, noted as one of the 50 copies in the A printing, by Fritz Gurlitt, in Berlin, 1921, of Lorenzo da Ponte’s libretto, in italian, for the opera Don Juan, with illustrations by the expressionist artist Max Slevogt, executed as woodcuts by Reinhold Hoberg.
Slevogt’s signature is on the dedication page, and below the first full page illustration.
The title and printing information are in German. The final text page indicates that this is an “Archiv-Exemplar” or archive example. The text on that page states that copies XXI through L were signed on the first illustration, rather than all the illustrations, so this is apparently from that group, though it is unnumbered.
The cover (13.5″ x 10.375″) is the original red morocco, bound by hand, with 7 raised bands, gilt decoration, and gilt lettering is a black background. There is light wear to the sides of the spine, but the cover is securely attached. The pages are tightly bound, with no loose or missing pages. The deckled edges are in good condition. There is foxing throughout the book, but the live areas in the woodcuts show little foxing. There are no stamps or other attachments.
The accompanying photos are accurate reflections of the book’s conditions.
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