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KANDINSKY, Wassily.

Klänge.

Munich: R. Piper & Co., (1913) Stock Code: 142954
£80,000.00
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His "musical album"

First edition, first printing, one of 300 numbered copies signed in pencil by Kandinsky (there was also 45 hors commerce). Klänge (Sounds) consists of 38 prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and 56 woodcuts he began in 1907. Kandinsky described Klänge as a "musical album". The woodcuts were not merely illustrative, nor were the poems purely verbal descriptions, the meaning was created through the interaction of space between, text and image, sound and meaning, mark and blank space. This is one of three major publications by Kandinsky alongside Über die Geistige in der Kunst and the Blaue Reiter almanac.

The coloured woodcuts were printed by F. Bruckmann A.G., Munich, and the text and black and white woodcuts printed by Poeschel & Trepte, Leipzig.

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Description

Quarto. Original red boards with brown cloth spine, illustration and titles to spine in gilt. Text and illustrations printed on Van Gelder Zonen cream laid paper. Housed in a red quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Illustrations

Illustrated with 56 woodcuts of which 12 are in colours.

Condition

Minimal wear to corners otherwise an excellent, bright copy.

Bibliography

Roethel 71-74, 85, 95-140, 142-146. Rifkind 1368

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