(Munich: Bremer Presse, 1926-28). 360 x 250 mm. (14 1/4 x 10"). Five volumes. Edited by Carl von Kraus. No. 284 OF 365 COPIES.
PUBLISHER'S REFINED BURGUNDY MOROCCO DECORATED IN BLIND, covers framed by nine blind rules, central panel of upper cover with large cross formed by 13 blind fillets, triple raised bands, brown morocco label, blind-ruled turn-ins, ivory watered silk endleaves, top edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. In (apparently later) morocco-lipped slipcases. With titles and initials drawn by Anna Simons. Eyssen 88; Ransom, p. 257. IN PRISTINE CONDITION.
This is a superb copy of the signal achievement of the Bremer Press, in a restrained but impressive binding produced by their bindery. Printed on Zander handmade paper with a typeface specially cut by Louis Hoell and initials designed by Anna Simons, it was issued to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Lutheran Bible. Rodenberg tells us that this work had for years been the highest goal of the press, and Eyssen proclaims, "a better and more textually reliable re-creation of this national monument is hardly conceivable." Colin Franklin noted in "The Private Presses" that the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz described the Bremer Press as "the Queen of the Private Presses." According to Ransom, the press offered the Bible in three different bindings: in boards for $310, in vellum for $420, and in morocco for $470. Because she was a woman, Anna Simons (1871-1951) was barred from studying at the Prussian Arts and Crafts School, so she travelled to England to learn from Edward Johnston at the Royal College of Art. Johnston's biographer Priscilla Johnston writes, "She was one of the best students Johnston ever had and certainly one of those who exercised the greatest influence afterwards, for she disseminated his teaching throughout Germany where it was perhaps more fruitful, even, than in England." She designed some 1,400 initials and title pages for the Bremer Press. While our stately bindings are unsigned, they were likely designed by Frieda Thiersch, who was running the Bremer Press bindery at the time. The design evokes strength, the materials are of the highest quality, and the level of execution is irreproachable. Our set shows absolutely no signs of wear, and looks much as it did the day it was issued. (ST14861)
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PJP Catalog: CA20BF.039