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Book Condition: Near Fine
Title of Vintage Illustrated Adult Risque Art Book: Ecce Homo
***PLUS+++ ADDED BONUS: Two (2) additional loose, laid-in as published, color plates prints suitable for framing accompany this book. They are:
*Color Plate #1: "XI, Dedicated to Professor Freud (1922)" AND
*Color Plate #2: "III, Beauty, Thee I Praise (1920)."
***LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT with full-page artistic illustrative renderings in both full-color as well as B&W! The sixteen (16) full-color plates are of George Grosz’ original watercolors dating from ca 1915-1922! The eighty-four (84) black & white images are from his original drawings!
*1st edition thus, 1st printing
*Artwork consisting of two (2) loose, laid-in frameable prints
*Out of print
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Library of Congress Subject(s)/Category(ies)/Genre(s):
*German wit and humor, pictorial
*Caricatures and cartoons - Germany
Artist: George Ehrenfried Grosz (born Georg Gross in Berlin - 1893-1959); known for dada expressionist art and caustically satirical political satire & caricature; lived/active New York, Massachusetts, Germany
Introduction: By Henry Miller (world-renowned painter and writer - 1981-1980) - eight (8)-page introduction
Provenance: This particular book was acquired from the estate of a prominent British art and books antiquarian dealer by the name of Thomas E. Schuster, who was once the owner of The Antiquarius Book Shop in England. This prestigious gentleman was a London dealer in rare old books and prints, a goodly number of which we also acquired at the same time as this purchase.
Publisher: Grove Press, Inc. - New York
Year of Publication: 1966 (just 7 years following the death of the Artist/Author)
Edition: 1st edition thus/first edition Thus; U.S. edition (true facsimile edition of original, but for the introduction by Henry Miller, of the original 1st Edition published in 1923 in Berlin, Germany)
Printing: Stated 1st printing/first printing
Ex-Library Volume: NO
Total of Numbered Pages: 84
Size: Oversized 10 1/4" W x 13" H
Format: Original decorated textured taupe linen buckram covered boards; caricature in black duo tone wash to front board, black spine lettering.
Dust Jacket: Yes! Price-clipped.
Condition (kindly also refer to “Grading Scale” below as well as any/all photos): Book’s exterior & interior contents are near fine!
*Cover/Exterior - evinces no shelf edge wear or surface handling, having been well-protected by its DJ all these years! Only noted very minor condition factors are a tiny discoloration adjacent to the lower edge of the front cover, and a few small punctures in the buckram covering near the bottom edge of the spine and also to the right of that on the front cover in the crease where the front cover opens up.
*Binding/Spine - tightly intact
*Interior Contents - crisply clean bright pages evince no noted writing, foxing, markings, water damage, staining, or odors of any kind
*Dust Jacket - fairly poor condition
***CONDITION GRADING SCALE:
AS NEW; FINE; MINT: Without faults or defects.
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REMAINDER MARKS, BOOKPLATES, PREVIOUS OWNER’S NAME: These are faults and must always be noted, if they apply.
ILLUSTRATIONS (16 Sixteen Watercolors-Water Colors & 84 Eighty-Four Drawings):
*Beauty, Thee I Praise (1920)
*Ecce Homo (1921)
*Daddy and Mommy (1922)
*Strength and Grace (1922)
*The White-Slave Trader (1918)
*Midsummer Night (1918)
*Dedicated to Professor Freud (1922)
*Man Is Good (1921)
*Waltz Dream (1921)
**Oh, Crazy World, You Blissful Cabinet of Freaks (1916)
*Before Sunrise (1922)
*Youth Remembered (1922)
*Grim Man (1918)
*Greetings from Saxony (1920)
*Beauty Parade on Motzstrasse (1918)
*Well-bred People (1920)
*Barroom Cronies, Studies (1919)
*The Visit (1920)
*The Bereaved (1921)
*At Home (1922)
*Character Study (1921)
*The Burgher’s World (1920)
*The Rising Generation (1922)
*The Hypochondriac Otto Schmalhausen (1921)
*The Men Responsible (1920)
*The Possessed Forester’s Assistant (1918)
*Spring Awakening (1922)
*Hard Times (1919)
*Chicken in the Basket (1921)
*The Power of Music (1922)
*Sex Murder on Ackerstrasse (1916)
*High Finance (1922)
*At Night (1919)
*The Absolute Monarchist (1918)
*Cosy Chat (1922)
*Deep in Thought (1920)
*Dr. Huelsenbeck Near the End (1920)
*Rudi S. (1921)
*Day of Teutons (1921)
*Dr. S. And Wife (1921)
*Evening Rush Hour (1920)
*Dedicated to Franz Jung (1917)
*Hometown Figures (1920)
*The Daughter of the Councilor (1921)
*Apartment House Four Stories Up (1916)
*The Good Old Student Days (1922)
*Fit for Garrison Duty (1920)
*Before Tea (1922)
*Dissimilar Pair (1922)
*Man of Honor (1921)
*In Memory of Richard Wagner (1921)
*Genre Scene (1922)
*Domestic Scene (1915)
*Near the Limit (1920)
*Stomach Disorder (1921)
*Cross Section (1920)
*German Men (1922)
*Silver Wedding Anniversary (1922)
*Lovers’ Tryst (1921)
*Sunday Morning (1922)
*Dr. Benn’s Night Café (1918)
*Day Off (1921)
*The End (1917)
*The Lord’s Prayer (1921)
Excerpted Dust Jacket Info about the Artist/Author: “American critic Edmund Wilson has called George Grosz ‘the greatest of the satirical artists, at least as great as Hogarth...’ Art historian Hans Hess, in his introduction to the catalogue of the dual retrospective exhibitions pesented simultaneously in New York and Berlin in the autumn of 1963 termed Grosz ‘the most powerful political satirist since Goya and Daumier. If he appears even more bitter than they, the reason is to be found in th enature of his enemies, not in his own nature.’
One might add to these encomiums that Grosz was not only the graphic historian of an entire era beginning with World War I and ending with Hitler’s advent to power, but that he was, too, a prophet of the horrors and chaos that that era would lead to. ‘There was no excuse to say later,’ notes Hans Hess, ‘that we did not know what was happening.’ For in a work such as the incomparable Ecce Homo, or in the other Grosz books and portfolios of the period - The Face of the Ruling Class, God with Us, etc. - all the greed, hate, and gluttony of a society without soul, of life devoid of love and compassion, is painted ‘naked and unadorned.’ Grosz was at war with that society, and his work was constantly being attacked as ‘blasphemous,’ ‘insulting to the army,’ and ‘insulting to public morality - this last was the charge leveled against Ecce Homo when it first appeared in 1923 under the imprint of Der Malik-Verlag. It was inevitable that, rooner or later, Grosz would be hounded out of a Germany in which the democracy for which he was struggling was steadily being extinguished.
‘Once you have glimpsed these corrosive portraits,’ writes Henry Miller in his introduction to the present volume, ‘these street and bedroom scenes, you will never forget them. Do you want a look at dementis, a taste of sadism, a fillip of unadulterated sex, a sample of transmogrification, a reminder of the price of war, just riffle these pages. It’s difficult to imagine there ever wore or could be creatures with faces more expressive of lust, despair and abandon than are here depicted... No, one will never forget them once one has seen them through Grosz’ eyes. He used an indelible ink, and for his violent colors he blended arsenic, vitriol, cyanide of potassium with an admixture of vomit, shit, sweat and tears...
‘Looking at the drawings in Ecce Homo today, i am filled with the same excitement and unbounded admiration for the artist as I was in 1927 when I first saw his work. All through the years these expressions of despiar, hate, and disillusionment, as Grosz himself called them, have remained with me as if burned into my brain. I know of nothing to compare with them in our time, or in any other time. They are as naked and ugly, as beautiful and eloquent, as truth itself.’
The present volume is, with the exception of the Henry Miller Introduction, a facsimile edition of the 1923 Malik-Verlag original edition, which has long since become a collector’s item on the rare book market.”
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Title: Ecce Homo George Grosz Henry Miller Introduction Illustrated Erotica Art Book PLUS 2 Laid-In Color Plates Suitable for Framing Vintage 1966 ***USPS MEDIA MAIL SHIPPING INCLUDED – DOMESTIC ORDERS ONLY!***
Illustrator: Grosz, George - Artist
Categories: Art & Artists,
Edition/Printing: 1st Edition Thus/Stated 1st Printing
Publisher: New York, Grove Press, Inc: 1966
Binding/Type: Textured Buckram-bound Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Type/Condition: Fair to Poor
Size: 10 1/4" W x 13" H
lbs: 4.00 1 lbs
Seller ID: Ecce Homo George Grosz Book
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