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A Key Jugendstil Periodical

Der Liebe Augustin. Vol. I, nos. 1 through 24 (1904) (all published).

Vienna: Herausgegeben von der Österreichischen Verlags-Anstalt F. & O. Greipel, 1904. A complete run (altogether 411 [1] pp., continuous pagination) of the rare and very important Art Nouveau periodical primarily published under the editorial direction of Gustav Meyrink, with artistic and literary contributions by many noted international turn-of-the-century cultural figures, profusely illustrated throughout after cartoons, caricatures, and other drawings by Heinrich Zille, Josef Hoffmann, Julius Klinger, Lutz Ehrenberger, Jules Pascin, Koloman Moser, Emil Orlik, and Alfred Kubin, among many others. Quartos (23cm × 30.5cm). Contemporary decorative marbled paper-covered boards; leather spine label; all original pictorial self-wrappers preserved. Very good.

Many scholars consider Der Liebe Augustin and Ver Sacrum to be the two most important Jugendstil periodicals published in Vienna, although the former is far scarcer and less well-known. Beginning with issue six, the journal was edited by Gustav Meyrink, at which time it took on its characteristic look and feel. Meyrink later published "The Golem", a highly regarded and popular work; the present work also reflects his taste for the occult and the grotesque. Meyrink was able to assemble a brilliant roster of contributors; in addition to the visual artists mentioned above, literary contributors include Max Brod, R. M. Rilke, Stefan Zweig, Paul Busson, Peter Altenberg, Arno Holz, Erich Mühsam, et al. Also included were translations of works by Strindberg, Verhaeren, and Verlaine. Envisioned as a competitor to Simplicissimus, it did not enjoy the success of its competition; due to financial difficulties the journal was suspended after 24 issues.

“Der Liebe Augustin” was also one of very few Viennese journals to feature caricatures, an art form not widely spread in Austria. It further contains contributions by lesser known female artists, including Fanny Harlfinger-Zakucka (1873–1954) and Minka Podhajská (1881–1963), a student at the Wiener Werkstätte and later a prominent toy designer. The two belong to a little-known generation of female students who, although they played a considerable role in the Vienna Secession, have been largely forgotten. Both studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule and published work in the leading journals of the movement, Ver Sacrum and Die Fläche. Podhajská also designed toys for the Wiener Werkstätte. After relocating to Prague in 1919, she co-founded the Czech Female Artists Association in 1921 and in the following years organized exhibitions both in Prague and Paris. Others, such as Berta Tragan, Marianne Adler, and Leontine Maneles also appear to be little known despite contributing to leading periodicals of the day.

As of February 2021, WorldCat locates only five runs in North American libraries. A very good copy.

Book ID: 51213

Price: $12,500.00