Don Quixote. Together with: Die Novellen.
Leipzig: Insel Verlag, 1907-1908. Five small octavo volumes. xvi, 498; (v), 573; (v), 582; xvi, 453; (iii), 383pp. One of 100 copies. Three volumes of the set are devoted to Don Quixote; the other two contain Cervantes' novellas. Each receives a matching—save for the text—double-page title spread of a black and blue floral and paisley Secession design by Carl Czeschka. Czeschka was closely associated with the Weiner Werkstätte and was a friend of Gustav Klimt. This edition is a polished, straightforward predecessor to Czeschka's celebrated illustrations for Franz Kiem's Die Nibelungen, a retelling of a German folktale that, as an edition, is held as a pinnacle of artistic vision and synthesis in a single work. Czeschka is also responsible for the design of the binding of these present volumes. Each is in full red morocco with a gilt arch design at the spine. Three of five spines show slight discoloration, minor rubs to some corners, else a near fine set. Signature of former owner, Heinrich Stinnes, on front flyleaves. Item #30709