KUNST EN SAMENLEVING (ART AND SOCIETY): WALTER CRANE'S CLAIMS OF DECORATIVE ART


Large 8vo (7 ” x 8 ”). pp.171. Art Nouveau binding design executed completely in woodcut by Gerrit W. Dijsselhof on a half black calf over paper covered boards with a repeating crayfish motif in gold along the sides of the spine and on the corners blocked in gold leaf.

The endpapers are covered in a woodcut design by Dijsselhof of repeating birds on a field of intertwined foliate motifs. Printed on Van Gelder laid paper with deckled edges.

Includes a total of 35 woodcut head and tail pieces by Dijsselhof.

The importance of Walter Crane's "Claims of Decorative Art" cannot be overlooked as a major, if not primary influence in the development of Dutch Art Nouveau. Crane's book is a collection of essays published separately as a defense of the validity of decorative art and collected under the title of the first essay. Kunst en Samenleving was intended by Veth to be a handbook of Dutch Art Nouveau (Nieuwe Kunst) and was the outcome of all the aspirations of Veth and Dijsselhof, setting the standard for Nieuwe Kunst book design.

A very good+ copy with a few instances of light rubbing and scratches to the spine; small area of rubbing on the rear board and the lower right corner of the front board; offsetting on the eps and the fly leaves from the leather corners; faint isolated instances of foxing on the prelims.

Dijsselhof's masterpiece of Art Nouveau binding design is generally scarce, and exceptionally so in this condition. Braches 931128.

Title: KUNST EN SAMENLEVING (ART AND SOCIETY): WALTER CRANE'S CLAIMS OF DECORATIVE ART

Author Name: DIJSSELHOF; GERRIT WILLEM (binding design and illustrations)]; CRANE, WALTER; VETH, JAN (translator; editor and adaptor)

Categories: DECORATIVE ARTS, DECORATION AND ORNAMENT, ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT, ARTS & CRAFTS BOOK DESIGN ,

Edition: First

Publisher: Amsterdam, Scheltema en Holkema's Boekhandel: 1903

Binding: half calf

Book Condition: Near fine

Seller ID: 2938

Keywords: ARTS AND CRAFTS MOVEMENT DECORATION AND ORNAMENT DECORATIVE ARTS Gerrit Willem Dijsselhof