290: Rare journal of the Vienna Secession
Title: Ver Sacrum: Organ der Vereinigung Bildender Kuenstler Österreichs
Description: 12 issues (including one double-issue and supplement), bound in a single volume, original wrappers bound in. Illustrations throughout by artists including Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Josef Hoffmann, Max Liebermann, Alfred Roller, Alphons Mucha, and numerous other artists. (4to) 29x28.5 cm. (11½x11¼"), original blue cloth, later rebacking and re-cornering, top edge gilt. First Edition.Ver Sacrum ("Sacred Spring" in Latin) was the official magazine of the Vienna Secession. Published from 1898 to 1903, it featured drawings and designs in the Jugendstil style along with literary contributions from distinguished writers from across Europe. These included Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Maurice Maeterlinck, Knut Hamsun, Otto Julius Bierbaum, Richard Dehmel, Ricarda Huch, Conrad Ferdinand Meyer, and Arno Holz. "Ver Sacrum remains a document of the first importance for any student of the period, and one without which it would be impossible to obtain a complete picture of the activity of the Secession during the early years of its development" (Vergo, Art in Vienna, p.44). The May-June double issue celebrates the first Secessionist Exhibition.
Heading: zzc(Ver Sacrum)Place Published: Vienna
Publisher: Gerlach & Schenk
Date Published: 1898
Some light wear to cloth, hinges reinforced; lower corner of the rear wrapper of the third issue chipped, paper a bit browned; very good.