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BauhausbÜcher 4. Die BÜhne im Bauhaus.

GROPIUS Walter.; MOHOLY-NAGY Laszlo.; SCHLEMMER Oskar (1925.)

£1000.00  [First Edition]

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Folding coloured plan, numerous illustrations. First edition. Small 4to., original pictorial wrappers after a design by Oskar Schlemmer, rebound with new endpapers in full brown crushed morocco signed Zaehnsdorf, lettered in silver, thin rule in silver at top and lower margins of the front board, the top board lettered in silver 'Ashley Dukes 50' the silver oxidised. Munich, Albert Langen Verlag.

A fine association copy, inscribed 'Ashley Dukes in herzlicher freundschaft zum 29.5.35. Walter Gropius und [in a different hand] Ise Gropius'.

Ashley Dukes, playwright and theatre manager, was the founder of the Mercury Theatre, and was married to the dancer and choreographer Marie Rambert. The inscription was made on his 50th birthday, presumably the binding being commissioned by Gropius for presentation. Gropius and Dukes both attended the Italian Royal Academy's Congress on the dramatic theatre in 1934. Dukes was a lifelong enthusiast for the German theatre, first travelling to Germany in 1907 for two years, and after distinguished service in the First World War returned to Germany in 1919 to study the new expressionist theatre. Gropius, the first director of the Bauhaus, left for England in 1934 and set up in private practice, but left after 3 years for the USA.

Text block crumpled as though from damp, but with no staining, the binding rubbed on the extremities.

Stock Code: 217507