(Frankfurt, Germany: Trajanus Presse, 1960),
First Edition Limited to 150 copies. quarto, full leather binding by Willy Pingel of Heidelberg, in the original slipcase. 50 pp. Trajanus Presse, Item #28978
Text in Greek and German. Designed by Gotthard de Beauclair. "Gotthard de Beauclair was among the most influential European book designers of the twentieth century. As head designer at the German publishing house founded by Anton Kippenberg, Insel Verlag, he designed (mostly anonymously) hundreds of books admired around the world for their clarity and beauty. Included among them are the handsome series of small, uniform-format editions, the 'Insel Bucherei.' But de Beauclair's book design activities were not limited to the Insel house alone; he also designed books for several other publishers, including a few fine press imprints. The first of these private imprints was the Trajanus Press, set up by the Stempel Type Foundry in Frankfurt to give de Beauclair the opportunity of printing exceptional books in the fine press tradition. Sixteen titles were published, all displaying exceptionally careful typography and superior presswork. Das Evangelium Johannes, set in Hermann Zapf's Aldus and Heraklit Greek types, is among the most impressive of them. Notable in this volume are the specially made Hahnemuhle paper and the beautiful full-leather binding by Willy Pingel of Heidelberg." Martin Hutner & Jerry Kelly, A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books 1900-1999, #61. Lower corner slightly bumped, spine label mildly scuffed, slipcase scuffed with break at bottom corner where it protected the book from much greater damage. Laid in is a "mit den besten Grussen von Walter H. Cunz". Cunz was Director of Stempel and the Trajanus Press.
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