Shelter in Place, day 72: We are positively green with envy, not just because of this handsome leather binding, but take a look at that calligraphic and book design lineage!
A #blastfromthelibrarypast (May 4, 2017)
This elegant green leather and gold-tooled binding was made by the Munich firm of Knorr & Hirth for the book Eine Dumme Geschischte by Feodor Dostoyevsky (1918). The beautiful design of the binding first caught our eye, and when we pulled it from the shelf we discovered the book was designed by E.R. Weiss, as a limited edition for publisher Reinhold Piper's Marées-Gesellschaft. Gerald Cinamon researched the work of this graphic artist, type designer, and teacher for the extraordinary survey E.R. Weiss: The Typography of an Artist (Incline Press, 2010), and describes these limited editions as some of Weiss's finest work.
Emil Rudolf Weiss (1875-1942) was a student of Anna Simons, who was a student of the great Edward Johnston. Weiss in turn was the teacher of Elizabeth Friedlander, calligrapher and designer of decorated papers for the Curwen Press.
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