29 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 3,750
Estimate GBP 1,200 - GBP 1,800
AL'TMAN, Natan (illustrator) and OSBORN, Maks (author). Evreiskaia Grafika. [Jewish Graphics]. Berlin: Petropolis, 1923.
2° (485 x 360mm). 10 full-page lithographed plates within copper-coloured borders, original tissue-guards. Publisher's original half-vellum and illustrated boards (one corner bumped and scuffed, light soiling).
FIRST EDITION. A very good copy of the Russian-language issue. One of 250 copies only, this one unnumbered. Osborn's text considers primarily Al'tman's pre-revolutionary output in the context of contemporary Jewish art. 'The clever adaptation of essential features of folk art, understood in its formal aspect, and its skilful transformation into a new art not only makes Altman's graphic works interesting from the national point of view, but also establishes him as an artist of distinction in the general European context' (Tradition and Revolution). Not in MoMA. Tradition and Revolution: The Jewish Renaissance in Russian Avant-Garde Art 1912-1928, 31.
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