Sunday, March 16, 2008

Inspiring cover

Cover of Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles. Text by Kurt Tucholsky. Cover design by John Heartfield. Photographs/photomontages by Heartfield and others. Neue Deutscher Verlag, 1929. 231 pp. Quarto. First printing. Clothbound with colored photomontage by Heartfield inlaid into embossed sections on front and rear covers. No dust jacket as issued. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.

This wonderful first edition was up for auction at photo-eye a while ago (there's another later copy auctioned off right now). I think the cover is absolutely sensational. I really love all art, architecture and literature made around the Bauhaus period - and I just love collages (especially those newsprint inspired, typography focused and playing with shape or negative space).

"Heartfield's cover for Tucholsky's scathing 1929 satire of German society is an undisputed masterwork of photomontage and one of the most sought after examples of twentieth century avant-garde book design."

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