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German Publishers' Bookbindings 1811 - 1925
This exhibit attempts to survey the varieties and chart the development of German publishers' bindings during the 19th century. In that century, in the German states as well as elsewhere in Europe and in this country, the confluence of three separate, but significantly linked, influences brought the publisher's binding to its height of technical and artistic development. An explosive growth in popular literacy spawned an unheard-of demand for books; the processes of cloth casing and stamping in gilt proved both effective and flexible for extended binding runs; and publishers turned to edition binders to provide them with products both solid enough to be considered "permanent" and stylish enough to attract a new buying public.
The history of this development in France, in Britain, in the Netherlands, and in the United States is reasonably well known. Books and articles by Sophie Malavieille, Ruari McLean, Douglas Ball, Fons van der Linden, Sue Allen, and many others shed copious light on many aspects of the development of the edition binding even if no one of them attempts a comprehensive view of the subject. A comparable resource for the development of edition binding in Germany is the 1994 Gebunden in der Dampfbuchbinderei: Buchbinden im Wandel des 19. Jahrhunderts, the 20th volume in the series Wolfenbütteler Schriften zur Geschichte des Buchwesens. In addition, two sites currently available on the World Wide Web have also provided a good deal of information: the Deutsche Bibliothek in Leipzig had a showing of Leipziger Verlagseinbände des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts; the University of Wisconsin hosts German Decorative Trade Bindings, a larger showing for the years 1870-1920. The list of edition binders provided on the latter site is of particular utility, not least in gaining an understanding of the centrality of Leipzig to the German binding industry.
For the purposes of the current exhibit "German" is taken as denoting entities defined by language rather than by politics. In the 19th century the German book trade was centered on Leipzig and its great annual fair, where publishers and booksellers celebrated the continued success of the Bourse and resolved issues affecting the trade. The more than 30 more-or-less independent (before unification) German states, Austro-Hungary, and German Switzerland, all annually well represented at Leipzig, shared a common history in publishers' bindings as they do in language. And while there are great similarities between the work produced in these areas and that made in the Netherlands and in Scandinavia, bindings in both of the latter evolved quite differently in stylistic terms.
Like their counterparts elsewhere in Europe and in America, German binders exploited the possibilities of printed paper boards right from the beginning of the 19th century; in fact, they showed very early a taste for pictorial decoration, something that only became popular somewhat later in England and America. But the doing up of editions, or parts of editions, in cloth "in the English manner" as German publishers and binders tended to call the technique, seems to have caught on relatively late in the German-speaking world. Although the technique was used no later than the early 1840s, before about 1860 cloth casing seems to have been more the exception than the rule. All the more surprising, therefore, that the exhibit includes bindings from the 1850s that make use of one or more secondary colors in addition to gilt stamping and the ground color of the cloth casing; in this purely technical achievement England was not much faster. Certainly too, the binding of the anthology Blüthen und Perlen deutscher Dichtung, dating to 1856, shows awareness of, and the technical ability to meet, the norms established by French edition binders for the decoration of cloth casings.
Despite the claim to bind "in the English manner" German edition binders seem, especially in the 1860s, to have routinely broken one of the cardinal English rules by introducing both modelled figures and literal pictorialism into bindings intended to cover titles published for adults. This tendency, by the way, is one which they shared with their Scandinavian counterparts. And as with the attempts at multiple colors, German binders had little fear of handling materials which we now consider unusual. Velvet was established as a commonplace for devotional works from the 1840s, and virtually anything which could be glued to the surface of an embossed cloth binding was, at one time or another. Mother of pearl, metal studs, and composition "cameos" all appear in the exhibit on bindings produced before 1875.
However late German binders may have been in adopting cloth case binding, they developed fairly early on a taste for making sure the purchaser of a book knew who had bound it. J. R. Herzog in Leipzig and Heinrich Koch in Stuttgart both used discreet binder's tickets inserted in the British fashion at the lower inside corner of the rear pastedown. Examples in the exhibit date from 1864 to 1875, and a Herzog ticket is known on a book published in 1880. During the 1860s and 1870s the designers and/or cutters of binding stamps occasionally signed their work, and the exhibit displays a number of examples. The most numerous of these come from the Leipzig establishment of Hugo Horn, an engraver who advertised himself as a specialist in the production of binding stamps. The most teasing of these engravers' names is that of H. G. Wells, which occurs on a number of probably German books distributed in translation in England and the United States, raising the tantalizing possibility that an English or American engraver was engaged to produce stamps for the English-speaking market. But from the early 1880s - perhaps not at all coincidentally just as the use of tickets seems to have ceased - the technique of stamping the binder's name (and frequently a partial address) on the lower cover in blind, or more rarely in black ink, became quite common. Hardly surprising, then, that this concern with identification became paramount just as the cloth edition binding finally became an expected part of publications intended for the German-speaking mass market.
The decade from about 1875 to 1885 saw the emergence of what seems in retrospect the most characteristic of styles in 19th century German edition binding, the Stil der Neorenaissance, with elaborate interpretations in gilt and anything up to a half-dozen colors of ink of ornamental motifs taken more or less directly from Renaissance sources. Found commonly on relatively expensive illustrated books in its first decade, the Stil der Neorenaissance remained in use for reprint literary offerings up until the First World War. As books in the exhibit show, the style was capable of considerable variation, and Hungarian binders seem to have created their own, somewhat orientalized, version as early as the mid-1880s.
Much less usual, though much more in keeping with the developing American ideal of a uniquely conceived binding for every publication, are the bindings created for a number of novels and other publications written by the Egyptologist Georg Moritz Ebers in the 1870s and early 1880s. Besides the four titles in the current exhibit Ebers' Josua (1890) is also known in a similarly-conceived binding.1 Each of the five titles comes dressed in a casing that suggests in its decorative vocabulary that part of the ancient world which serves as the basis for the book's action or relevance, whether Egyptian or Roman or paleo-Christian.
The Ebers bindings anticipate, albeit within the limitations of conservative symmetrical design, the artistic freedom which characterizes many of the items in the exhibit printed and bound after 1890, though such items as the anthology Künstler Humor (1890?) with its almost comically "Japanese" design and the delightfully eggy Kolumbus-Eier (1897?) visually far outstrip anything suggested by the bindings on the Ebers titles. After the turn of the century binders turned briefly to the sinuous designs commonly lumped together in speaking of German art as Jugendstil; the examples in the exhibit, ranging from the almost vulgar splashiness of Chamisso's Werke (1904?) to the far more sedate treatment given the poems of Richard Wagner (1905), demonstrate all too clearly what was possible - and perhaps what sold best. Just as in the rest of Europe and America the decorated dust jacket (the earliest example in the exhibit is quite late, dating to 1909) ultimately spelled the end of the decorated publisher's binding, and in Germany as in the rest of the world, what was by then the conservative element in the binding trade continued to produce on occasion elegant and distinctive work long after the market had passed elsewhere.
(1) Illustrated in Morris, Ellen K. and Edward S. Levin, The Art of Publishers' Bookbindings 1815-1915. Los Angeles: Dailey, 2000, no. 234.
Binders in the exhibit
Wübben und Co.
Baumbach & Co.
Herzog, J. R.
Hübel & Denck
Engravers in the exhibit
Unknown (London? New York?)
Wells, H. G.
Items in the Exhibition:
Blue paper boards printed pictorially in black. Different stock theatrical "characters" depicted on upper and lower covers. Title leaf of this copy missing.
Tan paper boards printed in black. A typical printed cover, in the style familiar in both Britain and the United States at the time.
Gray paper boards printed pictorially in black. This title extended to at least one additional volume, not present here.
Paper over vellum, printed (partially ornamentally) in orange and dark blue.
Red vertically ribbed cloth, lower cover stamped blind, upper cover stamped blind and ornamentally gilt, spine stamped gilt.
Grayish green vertically ribbed cloth, covers stamped in blind, spine stamped gilt.
Embossed leather, Jesus in the garden on the upper cover, a Maltese cross on the lower cover; a brass clasp is missing from this copy. In the original (much repaired) slipcase.
Violet moiré cloth, lower cover stamped blind, upper cover blind and emblematically gilt. An advertisement at back advertises this item, in this binding, as being sold "In eleg. Umschlag geb[undet]" ["Bound in an elegant portfolio"]
Dark blue velvet with applied embossed corners, clasp, and central crucifixes in base metal, identical on both covers.
Very dark brown velvet stamped in blind, with applied gold embossed paper borders and inlaid brown embossed paper (?) crucifixes, identical on both covers.
Dark brown velvet with gold embossed paper borders and greenish embossed paper (?) corners and central crucifixes, identical on both covers. Date from bookplate inserted at front.
Pink paper boards stamped in gilt and blind. A relatively late use of traditionally-designed paper boards, but now incorporating gilt stamping instead of simple printing. In original slipcase.
"Steel blue" vertically ribbed cloth decorated in the manner of a French binding in percaline mosaïquée, gilt stamping on upper cover and spine combining with red, light green, blue-violet, and white paper onlays. A German-made copy in the French style rather than an import. Advertisements at the back mention numerous books available bound "in the English manner" in cloth, gilt.
Dark brown cloth, dark blue on upper cover applied with stencil, stamped in gilt and blind. An unusually early example of the use of a second color on the binding in addition to gilt.
Embossed white, light blue, and gilt paper boards executedalmost certainly in Germany in a manner reminiscent of the French cartonnages romantiques, a style popularized in France more than a decade earlier. Date inferred; several illustrations (by Paul Thumann) dated 1856.
Bound by J. R. Herzog. Dark blue cloth embossed blind, stamped pictorially in gilt, brass studs mounted near each corner of both covers. "J. R. Herzog in Leipzig / Buchbinderei" on ticket on rear paste-down. Pictorial stamp for upper cover derived from the color-printed frontispiece by G. Süst.
Red cloth stamped pictorially in gilt and blind. Upper cover stamp signed at bottom left and right "R. SCHUBERT" and "BERLIN."
Brown cloth stamped pictorially in gilt and blind, the volume's title given incorrectly on both upper cover and spine as "Prinzessinn Ilse."
Bound by J. R. Herzog. Red cloth embossed blind and stamped in gilt. Upper cover with oval central medallion revealing onlaid "silvered" metal setting with round central painting on mother of pearl under glass. "J. R. HERZOG / BUCHBINDEREI / LEIPZIG" on ticket on rear pastedown.
Brown leather embossed blind, stamped in gilt, upper cover with oval central medallion having composition low-relief bust of Goethe's head, in reddish brown; brass clasp. Album of photographs of paintings by Kaulbach; full-length photograph of Kaulbach, the publisher identified in the composition, at the end.
Bound by Heinrich Koch. Dark blue cloth embossed blind, stamped symbolically in gilt. "Buchbinderei v. / HEINRICH KOCH / Stuttgart" on ticket on rear paste-down.
Bound by J. R. Herzog.
Green cloth embossed blind and stamped in Renaissance style in black and gilt. "J. R. HERZOG / BUCHBINDEREI / LEIPZIG" printed on ticket on rear paste-down. Upper cover signed "R. GERHOLD'S GA." and "LEIPZIG" at lower left and right. ["GA" = Gravier Anstalt, or engraving company]
With English-language gift inscription dated Christmas, 1876.
Dark violet velvet stamped in gilt, with ornamental corners and clasp in gilded brass.
Bound by J. R. Herzog.
Purple cloth embossed blind and stamped gilt in English 60s fashion, central medallion with composition portrait heads of Goether and Schiller in light brown against black velvet field. "J. R. HERZOG / BUCHBINDEREI / LEIPZIG" on ticket on rear paste-down.
Date inferred from an included advertisement for another Amelang title known to have been published in 1874.
Deep blue cloth stamped ornamentally in black and gilt. Upper cover stamp signed "H. G. WELLS" bottom center.
Printed in Munich by F. Straub, and, judging from the heavy endpapers, almost certainly bound in Germany as well.
Brown cloth stamped in Egyptian style in black and gilt. Upper cover stamp signed "Hasert" and "Stuttgart," lower left and right.
Dark green cloth stamped in Renaissance style in light brown, black, and gilt.Upper cover signed "L. Theyer" and "M. Brod" lower left and right. Brod worked in Munich.
Red cloth stamped in Roman (or Pompeiian?) style in black, white, green, and gilt.
Reddish brown cloth stamped pictorially in a "mosaic" style suggestive of imperial Rome in black and gilt.
Dark green cloth stamped in a "Christian symbolic" style in black and gilt.
Bound by Deutschen Verlags-Anstalt.
Mustard yellow cloth embossed blind, stamped pictorially in black and gilt. "Papier, Druck und Einband von der Deutschen Verlags-Anstalt in Stuttgart." on title verso.
Pictorial stamp on upper cover (after drawing by Giacomelli) lettered "C. Hasert Stuttgart" lower left and right.
Zu Herzensfreude und Seelenfrieden. Klänge deutscher Dichter aus der neueren und neuesten Zeit. Herausgegeben von Karl Julius Löschke, evangelischem Pfarrer in Zindel, Kreis Brieg. Dritte Auflage, durch Dichtungen aus der neuesten Zeit erweitert und mit vielen Illustrationen versehen.
Bound by Th. Knaur.
Dark green cloth stamped pictorially in dark gray, light gray, pink, black, and gilt. "TH. KNAUR BUCHBINDEREI LEIPZIG." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Mounted photograph incorporated into frontispiece.
Brown cloth stamped in Grecian style in black and gilt. Upper cover stamps signed "SCHÜSSLER" and "LEIPZIG" lower left and right. The classical statue depicted at the center of the upper cover varies with each volume.
Red cloth elaborately embossed blind, stamped in a "medieval" style in gilt.
Dark green cloth stamped in part pictorially in black and gilt. Upper cover signed "H. Horn" and "Leipzig," lower left and right.
The same. Achtundzwanstigste Auflage, 1883. Second volume only; brown cloth instead of green, decorated identically.
Bound by W. Schaeffel.
Medium brown cloth stamped in Renaissance style in light gray, dark gray, black, and gilt. "Einband von W. Schaeffel in Leipzig" on half-title verso.
Psalter und Harfe. Von Carl Johann Philipp Spitta. Funfzigste Auflage. Jubel-Ausgabe. Mit 24 Vollbildern, dem Portrait Spittas, Illustrationen und 42 Initialen nach Originalen von B. Plockhorst und F. Wanderer. Neu geordnet nach dem Vater Unser. Mit Einleitung und Biographie Spittas von Julius Sturm.
Dark blue cloth stamped in Gothic style in light blue, black, and gilt. Upper cover stamp signed "WANDERER inv" and "H. HORN" lower left and right, indicating the cover stamp designer and engraver, respectively.
Black cloth spine; gold embossed paper boards printed in maroon, with central onlaid printed photographs, the one on the upper cover with additional lettering.
Red cloth stamped in a vivid (and perhaps vaguely oriental?) adaptation of the Renaissance style in light blue, black, and gilt.
Bound by Julius Hager.
Medium blue cloth stamped in a Grolieresque style in black and gilt. "JULIUS HAGER. BUCHBINDEREI LEIPZIG." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Olive green cloth printed in dark pink and dark brownish red, stamped in black and gilt.
Orange cloth stamped in "classical" style in a yellow to red split fountain, violet to brown ditto, blue, black, tan, and gilt, a polychrome effect worthy of a German trade binder. German publisher's name stamped on title; German price handwritten on front flyleaf. Despite these indications, the book's construction (chiefly the sewing and endpapers) reveal it as a British product imported into Germany.
Kynstudt. Die Siege der Helden der Marienburg über die Heiden des Ostens. Kulturgeschichtliche Bilder, der reiferen Jugend erzählt von Julius Pederzani-Weber. [Quote from Schiller, in German] Mit vielen Abbildungen nach Originalzeichnungen von Joh. Gehrts. Zweite Auflage.
Red cloth stamped pictorially in imitaion grisaille in grayish brown, gray, light gray, light blue, black, "silver," and gilt.
Advertisements at back advertising new publications for 1899, indicating that this is almost certainly a re-issue of old printed sheets, probably in an updated binding.
Red cloth stamped pictorially in black, white, gray, greenish gray, and "gold." Upper cover stamp signed: "M. BROD" (lower left), "MÜNCHEN" (lower right).
Printed in two colors throughout.
Bound by Leipziger Buchbinderei.
Medium brown cloth stamped in a vaguely Gothic vegetal design in gray, dark gray, green, blue, tan, black, and gilt. "Leipziger Buchbinderei A. G. vorm: Gustav Fritzsche." stamped in black on lower cover.
Author's real name is Eugenie John (1825-1887).
Grayish green cloth stamped in dark blue, light blue, tan, black, and gilt. Almost identical to, and clearly based quite closely on, the preceding; licensed? Or a plagiarism?
Bright blue cloth stamped in a decorative floral style in green, brown, light blue, mustard yellow, gray, black, and gilt.
Date inferred from inscription.
Künstler-Humor. Dichtungen von V. Blüthgen, L. Fulda, J. Lohmeyer, E. Reinhold, Frida Schanz, R. Schmidt-Cabanis, Paul Schönfeld, Bernhardine Schulze-Smidt, J. Trojan, E. von Wolzogen, zu Bildern von F. Brütt, A. Conrad, Ph. Fleischer, E. Grützner, Ch. Heyden, L. Knaus, A. Rotta, B. Vautier.
Bound by Julius Hager.
Blue cloth printed pictorially in black, orange, yellow, light brown, reddish brown, light blue, greenish gold, and white; stamped in gilt, the gilt itself worked so as to give the impression of darker and lighter shades. "JUL. HAGER, BUCHBINDEREI, LEIPZIG." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Toby E. Rosenthal's name is omitted (inadvertently?) from the list of artists on the title page.
Dark blue cloth stamped pictorially in brown, pink, green, tan, orange, gray, white, light gray, black, and gilt.
Bound by Franklin-Társalat.
Brilliant red cloth stamped in the typical Hungarian variation on the Renaissance style in gray, black, "silver," and gilt. "FRANKLIN-TÁRSALAT. KÖNYVKÖTÉSZETE" stamped in blind on lower cover.
Black plastic spine and covers, upper and lower covers molded, brass clasp.
Date inferred from approbation on title verso.
Red cloth printed in dark pink, brownish red, and black; stamped in gilt. Upper cover stamp signed "H. HORN G[ravier]. A[nstalt]." at lower right.
Date from Amelang catalog for 1894, laid in and still present with the volume, which bears a presentation inscription dated 1897.
Bound by Hübel and Denck.
White smooth cloth stamped in a rococo design in blue, blue-gray, light tan, black, and "gold." "Hübel & Denck Buchbinderei Leipzig" stamped in blind on lower cover.
Bound by H. Fikentscher.
Blue morocco-grained cloth stamped decoratively in green and gilt. "Einband von H. Fikentscher, Leipzig" on p. [iii]
In original slipcase.
Bound by Leipziger Buchbinderei.
Maroon cloth stamped in part pictorially in red, blue, light blue, tan, gray, greenish gold, light red, black, and gilt. "Leipziger Buchbinderei A. G. vorm. Gustav Fritzsche" stamped in blind on lower cover.
Smooth red cloth stamped pictorially in black, gray, yellow, pale blue, pink ("flesh"), gilt, and blind. The "egg" blindstamping on the upper covers is remarkable.
Mixed edition: second volume in this set is first edition.
White plastic spine and covers, upper and lower covers molded, upper cover with gilt incised decoration, onlaid plastic fretwork mount, and "gold" tablet representing the Commandments. Covers with brass edges and clasp.
Bound by Gebrüder Hug.
Light gray cloth stamped pictorially in black, red, dark brown and gilt against a background printed in a darker to lighter blue split fountain. "Buchbinderei GEBRÜDER HUG & CO. Zürich" stamped in black on lower cover.
Publisher from imprint at foot of spine.
Medium brown cloth stamped pictorially in dark brown, black, and gilt. Upper cover signed "W. F." or "F. W." at lower right.
In original thin board slipcase with pasted on slip stating that this is the "Illustrirte Pracht-Ausgabe."
Bound by H. Sperling.
Maroon smooth cloth stamped pictorially in white, gray, black, gilt, and blind."H. Sperling Buchbinderei Leipzig." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Bound by Leipziger Buchbinderei.
Blue-gray smooth cloth stamped in in an old-fashioned design in white, green, "gold," black, brown, a dark to light red split fountain roll, and gilt. "Leipziger Buchbinderei A.G. vorm. Gustav Fritzsche." stamped in black on lower cover.
Author's real name is Bertha Behrens (1850-1912).
Medium blue padded oilcloth stamped in a floral design in pink, yellow, white, light blue, green, tan, black, and gilt.
Author's real name is Similde Gerhard (1830-1903).
Mustard yellow smooth cloth printed pictorially in black, red, and a light blue split fountain changing from greenish (top) to purplish (bottom) blue. Upper cover stamp signed "H. HORN" at lower left.
Bound by Hermann Crusius.
Red cloth printed in pink and black, stamped in gilt. "HERMANN CRUSIUS. BUCHBINDEREI LEIPZIG." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Smooth gray cloth stamped in a vaguely Oriental Jugendstil design in light blue, dark blue, "gold," and gilt. "Eig. Buchbind. m. elektr. Betr." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Bound by Baumbach and Co.
Medium brown paper boards printed in Jugendstil style in a dark to light blue split fountain roll, a deep to light pink ditto, green, black, gray, and gilt. "VEREINIGTE DAMPFENBUCHBINDEREI / BAUMBACH & CO. G.M.B.H. BERLIN-LEIPZIG" stamped in blind on lower cover.
Date from inscription.
White cloth stamped pictorially in light green, black, and gilt.
Poems written by a German-American journalist resident in Buffalo, New York.
Flexible purple-brown smooth cloth stamped in a Jugendstil manner in gilt, spine signed "R.K."?
Medium gray cloth in a floral design using all three cover surfaces, stamped in a lighter gray, red, brown, yellow, green, black, and gilt.
Illustrations dated 1903.
Gray sueded cloth stamped pictorially in Jugendstil style in black, white, tan ("flesh"), pink, and gilt. Upper cover signed "Reznicek." at lower left. A copy of the seventh thousand is known with a blindstamp on the lower cover identifying the Leipzig firm of E. A. Enders as the binder; perhaps this later printing - still in the original year of publication - was bound by a different house?
White plastic spine and covers, upper and lower covers molded. Upper cover with central section in fretwork, velvet central medallion with "carved" plastic cross between metal bands eich with painted "icon" and "jewels." Three chains attached, each ending in medallion; brass edges; brass clasp. The ultimate in faux elegance?
Prayerbook printed for Roman Catholic Hungarians in Transylvania.
Bound by Wübben und Co.
# 18 of 20 copies on Japan vellum (beyond a regular edition of 600).
Ivory silk printed pictorially in sepia from an intaglio plate, the only binding executed in such a manner known to the compiler. ". . . gebunden von Wübben u. Co. in Berlin." - p. 
Vertically ribbed "natural" matte-finish cloth stamped in a Jugendstil oriental-pictorial design using all three cover surfaces, in dark blue and greenish gray.
Bound by Gottermayer.
Dark blue smooth cloth stamped pictorially in light gray, tan ("flesh"), light blue, and black. "GOTTERMAYER N. KÖNYVK. NÖINT. BUDAPEST." stamped in blind on lower cover.
Upper cover signed at lower left: "Mober [indecipherable] 07"
Bound by Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt.
Dark red cloth stamped in a restrained Jugendstil manner in gilt. "Buchbinderei / der / Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt / Stuttgart" stamped in blind on lower cover.
In original dust jacket.
Herausgegeben vom Verein zur Förderung des Fremdenverkehrs in Hannover. Text von Adolf Kiepert mit 286 illustrationen nach Originalgemälden und Originalzeichnungen von [list of 9 names] sowie nach photographischen Originalaufnahmen.
Bound by Hübel and Denck.
Brown cloth stamped pictorially in blue, light orange, light green, off-white, red, gray, black, and gilt. "Hübel & Denck, Leipzig / Kgl. Bayr. Hofbuchbinderei." stamped in black on lower cover.
Dark blue smooth cloth, upper cover stamped decoratively in black, pink, and gilt; spine lettered gilt. Chromolithographed throughout.
White buckram printed pictorially in black and gilt. Pictorial section of upper cover signed "FRANZ / VON / STUCK" at lower right.
Heavily sized white cloth printed pictorially in an orange to red split fountain, brown, blue, green, and black.
"Natural" matte finish burlap stamped in a rustic floral design in red, yellow, orange, green, and black.
Bound by Max Baumbach.
Gray cloth stamped in an almost Klimt-ian fashion in brown, orange, gold, at least three shades of green, light blue, black, and gilt. "MAX BAUMBACH / BUCHBINDEREI / LEIPZIG" stamped in blind in cartouche on lower cover. Upper cover signed "K" (in a circle, in a square), bottom center.
Maroon cloth stamped in symbolic-pictorial style in red, white, blue, light blue, gray, brown, tan ("flesh"), black, and gilt.
Yellow ocher smooth cloth stamped pictorially in green, white, and black. Part of a cheap series of reprints designed to be sold at the price of one mark per volume.
"3. u. 4. Auflage" on verso of title page. Matte black cloth stamped in gilt and white. Double-fold sheets stabbed and sewn in the oriental manner.
Author's real name is Alfred Henschke (1891-1928).