Lot 472: "Ex Libris Erotica" Book Plates Collection (66)
Auction Date:12/19/2004 9:00 PM EST
An exceptional, eye-captivating collection of book plates created and signed by some of the most brilliant early 20th Century European "ex-libris erotica" artists including Raphael Kirchner, Max Klinger, Sigmund Lipinsky, Alfred Soder, and Hanns Bastanier. These dazzling original pen and ink-drawn plates may not have been intended to be used in books but rather as standalones to be collected and traded. Securely contained here in plastic sleeves within two oversized 35" x 29" portfolios, one with 48 drawings, the other 18. Also offered is a rare and near-pristine copy of the book "Neue Deutsche ex-Exlibris" by Richard Braungart, the German ex-librist and author who is credited with making the distinction between using bookplates for publication or for collecting. An impressive, tasteful collection of classic erotica and the inspired masters who made it into a true art form..
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