OFFERING: From Paul Rand's library, an extraordinary specimen of this essential text on De Stijl. Formerly owned by Hans Schleger, the book was given to Paul Rand on a visit to London in the fall of 1969. Paul Rand noted provenance, a rare event, "London Oct. 3.69 from Hans Schleger" at the head of the half-title page. While reading, Rand became engrossed with the text and made frequent annotations. In all, there are 164 entries on 71 pages: 91 phrases or sentences are underlined: 63 notes in margins repeat ideas or facts and there are five doodles, four examples of commentary, and a correction. Laid in is a sheet of lined white note paper (124 x 199 mm) with handwritten notes and small studies by Paul Rand. The fifteen pen & ink sketch studies (1 with added pencil) feature a series of self-portraits, and two portraits of Marion, his future wife and are on one side of the sheet. There are also four volumetric studies: two of horses, a sitting woman in a dress (after Matisse with note), and a rendering of the number 5. Of the six notes, two are for a lecture on De Stijl, one dated March 11, 1968. Also, preserved and laid in is a BA Concorde boarding pass with its die cut of a clothes hanger, Mr. Rand written in twice; believed saved from Paul Rand's trip to attend Hans Schleger's funeral. BACKGROUND: The seminal influence of the De Stijl movement (Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, J. J. P. Oud, Gerrit Rietveld, Vilmos Huszar, et al) on modern graphic design followed from their devotion to simplicity and clarity with their exploration of the dynamic equilibrium of the horizontal and vertical line and division of the artwork or design into connected grids. Paul Rand and Hans Schleger, both influenced by De Stijl were leaders in creating a new language for graphic design that came to be widely adopted, the former in the United States, the latter, principally in Great Britain where he was appointed Royal Designer for Industry in 1959. Paul Rand and Hans Schleger became close friends after they met at the Arts Club in Dover, soon after the end of WWII. Rand remembers their quickly growing rapport; "It was only a short time after we left the club that we were walking arm-in-arm along Piccadilly, destined to be friends." [Heller, Paul Rand]. PAGINATION: Complete; 360 pages with extensive documentation including translations of two Mondrian essays, chapter notes, and an extensive bibliography, pp. 269-291; illustrated with a suite of 48 full-page b/w illustrations + 4 full-page color plates printed on one side of a glazed paper. FORMAT: Publisher's sewn white cloth boards, spine stamped with gilt letters. SIZE: 245 x 174 mm. CONDITION: Lacks book jacket. Paul Rand Owner Markings: provenance note on half-title page, annotations on 71 pages, title page with 1954 and question mark (believed to be incorrect surmise on Jaffé's thesis publication date). / Pages: clean, except p. 139 with bottom margin spot and pages 166-167 with two margin spots; light bottom tip bump from pp. 44-293; suite of plates with light yellowing in margins; endpapers with rubs. / Boards: some soiling, light edge wear. / Gilt: bright / Binding: Very good, slight spine slant. / Laid in notepaper sheet: Fair, top corner with fold-over chip with loss and fraying, top margin folded over with 8 mm band of browning; 2 small spots in another margin. / Boarding Pass: slight ink smudge, top edge with minor wear, bottom edge with light wear; rear with minor rubs. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request. MY LISTINGS: 1) Click my name in bookseller field. 2) Click bookseller-payment information. 3) Click my name again. My exclusive listings can now be searched by catalog, keyword, etc. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: de Stijl 1917-1931 ****** From Paul Rand's ...
Editorial: Alec Tiranti Ltd., London, English, first British edition, translated from the original Dutch. (The work was first issued as Jaffe's doctoral dissertation.)
Año de publicación: 1956
Condición del libro: Good
Edición: 2nd Edition
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