[Binding, Fine- Thiersch, Frieda; with ALS] Deutsche Einbandkunst
by Collin, Ernst (ed.) & Jakob-krause-Bund
Berlin: [Kunstdruckerei Gebr. Feyl], 1921. First edition. 4to. Bound in full crushed brown morocco by Fieda Theirsch, best known as Adolf Hitler's personal bookbinder, an artisan of note who first studied with Charles McLeish of the Doves Bindery. An austere, early and expertly crafted binding typical of work, with gilt ruled borders on cover and spine and dentelles, signed in rear dentelle: "Frieda Thiersch." ONE OF ONLY 20 COPIES, originally issued unbound. This copy specially bound for Paul Hirsch, unrivaled collector of music manuscripts and printed books. Laid in is original ALS by Frieda Thiersch to Paul Hirsch, dated 28 May, 1922, proving that the binding is one of her earliest as an independent bookbinder. Letterhead gives her "studio" address in her former family home in Munich, subsequently bought by Willy Wiegand, co-founder of the Bremer Presse; Thiersch became the manger of the bindery and was the designer of all Bremer Presse bookbindings. Amazingly, housed in original slipcase which has brown morocco outside edge matching the book. Fine. (Inventory #: 2928)
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