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Austin Osman Spare: tarots

Lost Envoy – Artist Austin Spare’s long-lost tarot deck comes to light in beautiful book edition
Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
by Jonathan Allen (editor)
Strange Attractor Press
2016, 336 pages, 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 inches
$39 (plus...

Lost Envoy – Artist Austin Spare’s long-lost tarot deck comes to light in beautiful book edition
Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
by Jonathan Allen (editor)
Strange Attractor Press
2016, 336 pages, 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 inches
$39 (plus...

Lost Envoy – Artist Austin Spare’s long-lost tarot deck comes to light in beautiful book edition
Lost Envoy: The Tarot Deck of Austin Osman Spare
by Jonathan Allen (editor)
Strange Attractor Press
2016, 336 pages, 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.25 inches
$39 (plus...

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BOOK COVERS

Book covers and ephemera from the collection of the tumblr “Jell-O Biafra Says” Joe started “Jell-O Biafra Says” in March 2013 and has already posted 1767 scans from his towering thrift store hoard. Here’s a selection of my faves. (In case you are wondering: “this tumblr is not affiliated with mr. jello biafra…or kraft jell-o.”) Push Comes to Shove (1970) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says A Survey of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1969) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Nature of Violent Storms Anchor Science Study Series paperbacks (1959-1961) cover designs by George Giusti see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Two Novels by Nathaniel West (1971 ed.) Cover design by Ellen Raskin see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Interstellar Communication: Scientific Perspectives (1974) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Nihilists (1969 ed.) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Iron Men and their Dogs (1941) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Threepenny Novel (1960 ed.) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Also see my Oct. 2012 post on the rororo series The Sound of the Mountain (1974 ed.) Cover illustration by Barney Wan see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Leper King (1957) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Britain at War (1941) signed McKnight Kauffer [E. McKnight Kauffer on 50 Watts] see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Malone Dies (1956) [looks like a Kuhlman] see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Human Use of Human Beings (1954 ed.) Cover design by George Giusti see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Management Thinkers (1970) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Discourse on Thinking (1969 ed.) Cover design by Roger Hane see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Printing (1948), illustrated by Jack Brough) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Design as Art (1971 ed.) Cover illustration by Bruno Munari see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Last and First Men / Last Men in London (1973 ed.) Cover design by David Pelham see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Sioux Spaceman (1960) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Birds of New Jersey (1999) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Turtle Geometry (1984 ed.) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Digital Computer System Principles (1967) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Chemistry and You (1957) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says The Advance of the Fungi (1962 ed.) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Automation (1965) vs Automation (1966)

Marine Society bookplate see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says James Scott Memorial Fountain, Belle Isle Park, Detroit (postcard, c1930s) — “different days” as Joe says see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Feather image representing Kukailimoku, god of war (postcard, n.d.) see the

original post on Jell-o Biafra Says

“Facial expressions in different motivational contexts” from Understanding Your Cat (1977 ed.) see the original post on Jell-o Biafra Says Previously: Stacks of Books Crushing Me one and two See all book cover posts on 50 Watts This post first appeared on February 12, 2014 on 50 Watts

Vintage Children’s Books from Austria (circa 1897–1928)

Franz Wacik, illustrated cover for Wiener Kinder 1. Buch, 1923 See my June 2013 post on Franz Wacik From the catalog: “The first primer to appear in Vienna according to the requirements of the Social Democratic school reform. Franz Wacik, who was commissioned to illustrate this book, was already well-known as an artist. Published in many editions, the primer—its exterior already signalling clarity and contemporary self-awareness—is now considered a key work of interwar primer art.” Most of these scans come from the book Jugendschatz und Wunderscherlein: Book Art for Children in Vienna 1890–1938 (text in German and English; Amaz link). The book accompanied a 2009 exhibit at the “works on paper” arm of the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. For an excellent overview of the book, read Helen Chang’s piece for Design Observer. Here’s the publisher’s description:From the end of the 19th century to 1938, many children’s books of artistic importance were published in Vienna. This publication is devoted to this special genre of book art, which at that time ranked in importance alongside architecture, painting, literature, music and theatre. The illustrations of notable artists such as C. O. Czeschka, Heinrich Lefler, Bertold Loffler, Koloman Moser, as well as those of numerous, talented—though as yet unknown—graphic artists are evidence of the variety of high quality works produced. Moreover, the selected children’s books, divided into four chapters (I. From Monarchy to Republic, II. Bourgeois Life, III. The Modern World, IV. New Teaching Methods) can be seen in the political, social and economic context concerned. As part of daily culture, they reflect contemporary realities and utopias, which at this stage are still revealed to children by means of the ‘picture book’. In a fifth chapter (V. Art for Children – Children’s Art), aesthetic developments and artistic possibilities of expression are put into visual form. The historical children’s book in particular reveals impressively individual artistic craftsmanship, and styles and modes typical of particular epochs. Based on around one hundred works, the publication charts not only the history of the development of the modern children’s book in Vienna, but also that of the modern book art overall. A handful of the scans come from the harder-to-find Wien und Berlin: Zwei Metropolen im Spiegel des Kinderbuchs 1870–1945 (worldcat) and a handful from various online sources.

Wenzel Oswald, illus. for Himmlische Mär by Leo Blonder, 1914 According to a Swiss bookseller in 2009: “Spectacular children’s book uniting the work of two artists of the Wiener Werkstätte. This book is of the utmost rarity in any form and has never come up for auction in the past 30 years; we only know of one other copy of the deluxe edition in private hands. $12,500.”

Heinrich Lefler, illus. for Die Bucher der Chronika der drei Schwestern, 1900 C. O. Czeschka, Die Nibelungen, 1908

C. O. Czeschka, Die Nibelungen, 1908 full set here thanks to Mattia Moretti

C. O. Czeschka, Die Nibelungen, 1908 full set here thanks to Mattia Moretti

Koloman Moser, sketch for Jugendschatz, 1897

Koloman Moser, sketch for Jugendschatz, 1897

Wiener Werkstatte Bilderbogen, 1907 (M Jung?) Adelheid Malecki, Mein Herz gehort meinen Volkern, 1913 Class of Franz Cizek, Jugendkunstklasse, 1922

Anna Lesznai, Die Reise des Kleinen Schmetterlings…, 1912 Read a short bio of this Hungarian artist (wife of Tibor Gergely) here.

Richard Teschner, Tobias Immerschneller, 1910, cover Teschner keeps popping up everywhere I turn. See three 50 Watts posts on him here.

Richard Teschner, Tobias Immerschneller, 1910 this image from the collection of Amélie Ziersch

Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel, Tierfabeln des klassischen Altertums, 1919

Lore Bohler, School of Emmy Zweybruck, 1924

 

Ferdinand Andri, Ausgewahlte Gedichte, 1904 Alfred Zangerl, Zirkus, 1925

signed Steffi Krauss Weihnacht, Vienna, 1922

Risa Bernt, illus. for Unser Franzi by Nelly Goebel, 1908 Lilly Jacobsen, etc., Leporello Bilderbuch Blumenstrauss, 1919 Maria Grengg for Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach, 1917 Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban, Kling Klang Gloria, 1907

Heinrich Lefler, Die Prinzessin und der Schweinehirt, 1897 The clear inspiration for Einar Nerman’s Swineherd. The catalog says these illustrations “mark

the beginning of modern book art in Vienna.” Joseph Binder, Indianermarchen, 1921

Class of Adolf Bohm, Bilderbuch der Kunstschule fur Frauen und Madchen, 1901

Richard Rothe, Das Marlein vom Wunderscherlein, 1926

Otto Schubert, Hoch die Republik, 1928 See the full “Kinderbuch series” of German, Austrian, and Swiss children’s books See all children’s books on 50 Watts