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Avant-Garde Children's Book

Der Widiwondelwald. Ein Bilderbuch aus bunten Dreiecken.

The famous avant-garde picture book, unpaginated (14 leaves printed recto and verso), with 12 full-page Constructivist illustrations each comprising a whimsical image made up of colorful triangles of various sizes, each image with a facing page of text containing a short poem or verse. Some slight soiling throughout, stitching a bit loose on a coupole of pages. Small 4to., 24.5 x 19 cm. Original canvas-backed boards with color illustration affixed to front cover, some slight browning and staining, some spotting to back cover. Berlin (Dietz) 1924.

Nothing is known of Hilde Krüger beyond her picture books, the one seen here and one other title, "Hurleburles Wolkenreise". The titular main character of this work, the witch Widiwondel, comes from the poem "Die Drei Winkel" by Christian Morganstern. In this colorful work, Krüger has brought her to life through vivid illustrations. In these images and through the use of triangles, one can see perhaps the influence of Constructivist pioneer El Lissitzky.
Scarce; although this volume is held by a handful of institutions in Germany, as of April 2021, only two North American libraries show holdings of this title.

Book ID: 51285

Price: $2,250.00