Milestone of 20th century art publishing

Grohmann, Will. Das Werk Ernst Ludwig Kirchners.

Munich, K. Wolff, 1926.

Oblong small folio (280 x 285 mm). 58, (4) pp. With 5 original woodcuts by Kirchner, of which 1 in black and blue, 4 in blue. 100 numbered plates, of which 4 in colour. Contemporary full cloth with blindstamped title to cover and spine. Top edge red. Blue paper dustjacket. In original cardboard slipcase with title-label to spine.


Number 247 of 800 numbered copies. Rare hardcover edition of the excellent monograph on Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - a "masterpiece of German book art of the 1920s" (cf. Kornfeld).

Designed by Kirchner himself, this monumental publication constitutes the first thorough overview of the artist's manifold work. Lavishly appointed, it includes 5 woodcuts created by Kirchner specially for this work, as well as reproductions of many of his oil paintings, etchings, lithographs, sculptures and drawings. The sumptuous cover features another woodcut by Kirchner.

Printed in a run of 800 copies, of which a considerable number were not bound in hardcover but sold as "cassette editions", featuring the plates and a text brochure loosely inserted in a cloth cassette. Bound editions are considerably scarce. The uncommon slipcase and dust jacket add to the rarity of the present edition.

Slipcase and dust jacket somewhat worn and faded; book in mint condition. One of the great "milestones of 20th century art publishing" (cf. Jentsch).


Jentsch 160. Kornfeld 202. Schauer II, 120. Dube 852-853, 855-858. OCLC 906271905.

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