“A lavish bilingual survey with over 1,000 illustrations and succinct commentary.”
“…such a visually exciting publication. It is an indispensable record of a dazzlingly rich period, when various avant-garde styles …must have competed for attention in the booksellers’ windows…”
“…a visually stunning catalogue of Berlin’s nascent book art culture between the world wars.”
“Just browsing through the pages can easily transport you into a huge bookstore in early 20th Century Berlin, well-stocked with just about every genre of fiction and non-fiction you can imagine… To enjoy the pleasures and glories of the golden age of the region’s visual — and literary — arts, you can blissfully immerse yourself for hours in The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic.”
“This is the first accessible critical mass of fiction, non-fiction, art, textbooks and children’s book covers and jackets ever assembled… there has never been a thematic historical resource to address the context, contents, and creators of the books through expert voices of publishing and design scholars. What’s more, it is sobering that the work presented in The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic so clearly influenced design between the wars up to and including today.”
“…this large volume taps into the Weimar's creative hub and how it established its unique artistic aesthetic.”
“It is almost impossible to do justice to the richness of this selection, which gives us a clear sense of the explosion of energy in publishing during the Weimar period… this book weighs two and half kilos, but every gram is worth it.”
“Una catalogazione e presentazione a dir poco superlativa… che celebra l’ambizione, l’inventiva e la bellezza del libro.”
“Libro dell’anno, per quanto riguarda lo specifico argomento grafica editoriale. Libro di clamorosa bellezza, omaggio a una storia grafica che concentra alcune tra le cose migliori del Novecento (e anzi molte le predice). Non bastano certo queste poche righe per descrivere la bellezza del monumentale Book Cover in the Weimar Republic. Ma il lavoro di Jürgen Holstein resterà, nel tempo, come un faro per la ricerca e per lo squisito omaggio alla bellezza eterna del libro.”
“…are just as inspiring today as when they were first published.”
The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic
The finest German publishing 1919–1933The years between the First and Second World Wars in Germany are famed for their cultural boom. With Berlin as its epicenter, the Weimar Republic was replete with ground-breaking literature, philosophy, and art. At the heart of this intellectual and creative hub were some of the most outstanding and forward-thinking book designs in history.
Book Covers in the Weimar Republic assembles 1,000 of the most striking examples from this golden age of publishing activity and innovation. Based on the remarkable collection of Jürgen Holstein and his rare collectible Blickfang, it combines an unparalleled catalog of dust jackets and bindings with Holstein’s introduction to the leading figures and particular energy of the Weimar publishing age. Expert essays discuss the aesthetic and cultural context of these precious fourteen years, in which a freewheeling spirit would flourish, only to be trampled, burned, or driven out of the country with the rise of National Socialism.
From children’s books to novels in translation, bold designs for political literature to minimalist artist monographs, this is a dazzling line-up of typography, illustration, and graphic design at its most energetic and daring. Part reference compendium, part vintage visual feast for the eyes, this very particular cultural history is at once a testament to an irretrievable period of promise and a celebration of the ambition, inventiveness, and beauty of the book.
The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic
Multilingual Edition: English, German