KEIM, Franz. Die Nibelungen dem Deutschen Volke Wie Dererzahlt von Franz Keim. 67,  pp. Illustrated with 8 double-page coloured lithographs with gold by C.O. Czeschka. Small square 8vo., 148 x 135 mm., bound in publisher's beige paper over boards, black printed cover and spine, in a new blue cloth folding box. Vienna: Verlag Gerlach & Wiedling, .
An immaculate copy of the rare first edition of this elegant, jewel-like survival of the Vienna Secession, Wiener Werkstätte and Jugendstil styles. "This small, almost square volume in the popular series of children's books is rather unassuming in its external appearance, only sporting a small vignette with the title on the cover. Carl Otto Czeschka was responsible for the complete design of the text to be found inside, and interspersed it with the illustrations characteristic of his work. These reveal his credentials as an outstanding artist of the Secessionist school and the Jugendstil. The eight double-page spreads coloured in clay block technique and rare gold prints, in particular, contributed to the volume's fame. 'As far as the eminence of Czeschka's 'Nibelungen' is concerned, it is quite simply one of the highest achievements of book illustration ever'.
Aynsley, Graphic Design in Germany 1890-1945, 1.21-22.
Item nr. 167435