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de Stijl 1917-1931
Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, first British edition, English, translated from the Dutch, 1956 OFFERING:A historic specimen, formerly in the libraries of Hans Schleger and Paul Rand, two of the leading modern graphic design artists influenced by de Stijl. First owned by Hans Schleger, he gave it to Paul Rand on the latter's autumn 1969 visit to London, provenance detailed by Paul Rand on the half title page; "London Oct. 3.69 from Hans Schleger." Reading, Paul Rand became engaged in colloquy with the text and wrote in the margins, underlined passages, and made several doodles. In all, there are 164 entries on 71 pages: 91 phrases or sentences are underlined, 63 notes in margins repeat ideas or facts and there are five doodles, four annotations (commentary) and one correction. Two associated items have been laid-in to the book by Paul Rand. LAID IN: 1) A sheet of 124 x 199 mm, white, lined note paper with handwritten notes and fifteen small pen & ink doodles-studies by Paul Rand on one side of the sheet, one with added pencil, including a self-portrait series and two portraits of Marion, his future wife. There are also four volumetric studies, a sitting woman in a dress, after Matisse with note, a rendering of the number 5, and two horse studies. Of the six notes, two are for a lecture on de Stijl. 2) A BA Concorde boarding pass with its die cut of a clothes hanger, Mr. Rand written in twice; believed to be a memento from Paul Rand's trip to attend Hans Schleger's funeral. BACKGROUND: The seminal influence of the De Stijl movement on modern graphic design followed from their devotion to simplicity and clarity with their exploration of the dynamic equilibrium of the horizontal and vertical line and division of the design or artwork into connected grids. Paul Rand and Hans Schleger were leaders in creating a new language for graphic design that came to be widely adopted, the former in the United States, the latter, principally in Great Britain where he was appointed Royal Designer for Industry in 1959. Schleger and Rand became close friends after they met at the Arts Club in Dover, soon after the end of WWII. Paul Rand recalled their quickly growing rapport; "It was only a short time after we left the club that we were walking arm-in-arm along Piccadilly, destined to be friends." [Heller, Paul Rand]. CONDITION DETAIL: Handwritten in the Book by Paul Rand: provenance note, underlining, notes, annotations and doodles in margins on 71 pages, title page with 1954 and question mark (believed to be his incorrect surmise on Jaffé's thesis publication date). Pages otherwise: plates suite with yellowing in margins, text pages and other illustration pages clean and bright, except p. 139 with bottom margin spot and pages 166-167 with 2 margin spots; pp. 44-293 with light bottom tip bump, endpapers with rubs. Boards: some soiling and light edge wear. / Gilt: Bright / Binding: Very Good, slight spine slant. / Notepaper: Fair, top corner with fold-over chip with loss and fraying, top margin folded over with 8 mm band of browning; two small spots in another margin. / Boarding Pass: slight ink smudge, top edge with minor wear, bottom edge with light wear, rear with minor rubs. PAGINATION: Complete; 360 pages with extensive documentation, including translations of two Mondrian essays, chapter notes, and an extensive bibliography (pp. 269-291); illustrated with a suite of 48 full-page b/w illustrations + 4 full-page color plates, each printed on one side of a glazed paper. FORMAT: Publisher's sewn white cloth boards, spine stamped with gilt letters. SIZE: 245 x 174 mm. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request.
      [Bookseller: Steven Waldman]
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