“AN EXTRAORDINARILY FERTILE TIME AND PLACE FOR ARTISTS”: FIRST EDITION OF WEIMAR GERMANY’S WE OF THE THEATRE, 1932
JHERING, Herbert and FIRNER, Walter. Wir und das Theater [We of the Theatre]. München: Verlag F. Bruckmann, 1932. Square quarto, original stiff dark purple wrappers. $250.
First edition of this scarce contemporary view of 1930s German theater.
Published shortly before Nazi rule forced many of its celebrated artists into exile, with biographies in German and 41 finely screened photogravures, featuring theater director Walter Firner’s exquisite images of celebrated actors such as Conrad Veidt, Elisabeth Berger, Emil Jannings, Albert Basserman and others. Without very scarce dust jacket. Contemporary owner signature dated 1934.
Text fine, inner paper hinge starting but sound, lightest edge-wear to bright wrappers. Near-fine condition.