Der Priester und der Ministrant. John Francis Bloxam, Oscar Wilde, Lajos Kozma.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Der Priester und der Ministrant.
Lajos Kozma’s Unique Binding

Der Priester und der Ministrant.

Düsseldorf: Schmitz & Olbertz, 1906. First German edition. Numbered, one of 600 copies. In unique, custom made, hand-painted vellum binding, by Lajos Kozma. Title on spine in gilt lettering. Upper edge gilt. Paste paper endpapers. Kozma’s signet on front flyleaf’s verso and another signet (supposedly of the owner: “CHW”) on the additional flyleaf drawn by Kozma in black ink. 44 [4] p. Binding with slight discolorations and light stains. Inside some light and scattered foxing. Overall in fine condition.

The first German edition of The Priest and the Acolyte in Lajos Kozma’s Unique, Hand-Painted Art Nouveau binding.

Lajos (Ludwig) Kozma (1884–1948) was one of the chief Hungarian architects and interior designers of the first half of the 20th century, he is also known for his graphic designs and book illustrations and binding designs. His early works were created in Art Nouveau style but later, through Art Deco, he found his way to International Modernism.

The scandalous story of The Priest and the Acolyte (here in A. W. Hiller’s translation) is attributed to Oscar Wilde, however, its real author was John Francis Bloxam (1873–1928) an English Uranian author and churchman. The novel appeared first in The Chameleon (Vol. I, No. 1, December 1894).

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Price: €10,000.00