Xilografia dal Quattrocento al Novecento [Xylography from the Fifteenth through the Twentieth Century] : percorso storico-artistico sui fondi della Biblioteca Estense / Ernesto Milano. - Modena : Il Bulino, 1993. - 237 p. ; 32 cm. - (Il giardino delle esperidi ; 2). - ISBN 88-86251-05-X : Lit. 90,000, DM 298.00

This opulent volume in coffeetable book format is the catalog to an exhibition of the same name at the Biblioteca Estense in Modena. It details the history of xylography (woodcut illustration) and contains reproductions from illustrated books from the fifteenth century to the present to demonstrate the full potential and variety of the woodcut illustration. The text is organized by period and locates the artworks in their specific literary, sociological, and art historical context. The emphasis is on the rich Italian collections at the Biblioteca Estense. The discussion of the modern period focuses exclusively on Italian artists. The volume is rounded out with an extensive bibliography and a list of illustrations (no index). [rn/sd]


Jugendstil und Buchkunst [Art Nouveau and the Art of the Book] / Alfred Langer. - Leipzig : Edition Leipzig, 1994. - 283 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. - ISBN 3-361-00427-6 : DM 148.00


Der Verlagseinband unter dem Jugendstil [Art Nouveau Publishers' Bindings] : zum Wandel bibliophiler und gestalterischer Normen im Einfluß des britischen Druckwesens / Andreas Roloff. - Frankfurt am Main [etc.] : Lang, 1994. - 415 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. - (Europäische Hochschulschriften : Reihe 28, Kunstgeschichte ; 177). - ISBN 3-631-46065-1 : DM 108.00


Buchkunst des Jugendstils [Book Arts in the Art Nouveau Style] : Einband und Illustration ; eine Ausstellung aus dem Bestand der Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig (25.11.1994 - 3.2.1995) / Beate Nagel. - Braunschweig : Universitätsbibliothek der Technischen Universität, 1994. - 131 p. ; 24 cm. - (Veröffentlichungen der Universitätsbibliothek Braunschweig; 10). - ISBN 3-927115-23-1 : DM 15.00. - (Universitätsbibliothek...; Postfach 3329, 38023 Braunschweig)

Langer's book emphasizes geographic and chronological origins of art nouveau book decoration. He discusses literary, artistic and sociological aspects of the movement and includes numerous illustrations, many in color. The index lists artists (1200 of them) and schools. The book, a full compendium of information about its subject, is attractive in its own right, and could be considered a coffee table book.

Roloff's dissertation covers the period 1895 to 1907, with 146 pages of text, an index of 113 pages (which, without much to refer to in the text, is just busy work), and 330 illustrations of poor quality, with uninformative descriptions. This is old wine in a Peter Lang bottle which does not treat its subject adequately.

Nagel's exhibition catalog, on the other hand, is more than just a successful guide to the exhibits, which are attractively reproduced in the book. Her observations are informative and exemplary. [rn/mrh]


Jüdische Buchkunst [Jewish Book Arts] / Ursula Schubert. - Graz : Akademische Druck- und Verlagsanstalt. - 27 cm. - (Buchkunst im Wandel der Zeiten; 3)

Part 2. Mit einer historischen Einleitung von Kurt Schubert und einem Beitrag von Otto Mazal. - 1992. - 225 p. : ill. - ISBN 3-201-01563-6 : DM 134.00

The first part of this book, by Ursula Schubert, appeared in 1983. This part covers book illustrations from the beginning of Jewish book printing to the end of the 18th century. After a historical outline of European Jewry in this period, Schreiber presents printers and illustrators and their work, with a wealth of biographical and descriptive detail. Virtually all of the manuscripts and printed material described were examined by Schubert, and their present locations are given. Rich in detail and significant for research, this volume is an important book for the history of ideas and especially for Jewish book illustration in its European context. The bibliography is selective and does not explain abbreviations of periodical and series titles. [rt/mrh]


Wilhelm-Heyne-Verlag [Wilhelm Heyne Publishing House] : 1934-1994 ; die Bibliographie / [ed. by Günther Fetzer]. - München : Heyne, 1994. - XVII, 601 p. ; 21 cm. - ISBN 3-453-07948-5

Introduced by a chronology of the publisher, the book consists of two parts: first, a 35-page list of the bound volumes from 1934 to 1994, with minimal information; and second, 386 pages (reflecting the emphasis of the publisher) devoted to paperbacks. Bibliographical information in 30 Jahre Heyne-Taschenbücher 1958-1988 (München, Heyne, 1988) is reproduced here. Science-fiction, fantasy & horror im Heyne-Taschenbuch (München, Heyne, 1993) complements this volume, as it gives the contents of collected works. [sh/mrh]

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