the 'zionist william morris'
LILIEN, Maurycy [Ephraim Moses]. Katalog wystawy E.M. Liliena w Towarzystwie przyjaciol sztuk pieknych we Lwowie 1914. [Neue Photographische Gesellschaft A G Berlin-Steglitz], Nakładem Towarz. przyjaciol sztuk pieknych we Lwowe, 1914.
Small 4to (227 x 183 mm). Original illustrated wrappers; pp. 91, [4, advertisements], pp. 45 to 91 printed on yellow stock, with tipped-in frontispiece reproducing in photogravure an etched self-portrait of Lilien working at an intaglio press, numerous black-and-white reproductions in the text; backstrip missing, wrappers lightly dusted, corner of tipped-in frontispiece and front cover with vertical fold; otherwise very well perserved; provenance: neat collector's stamps Rudolf Mekicki of Lvov on front cover and on title, that of the architect Stanislaw Stefan Mekicki at the end, Julia Mierka Mekicka's bookplate inside front cover.
This is the extremely rare first exhibition catalogue of the first Zionist graphic artist and book illustrator, designer for the international Socialist movement (some of his designs were used even by US Socialists), and photographer of the iconic Theodor Herzl portrait. Born in Drohobicz (of later Bruno Schulz fame) in 1874 he travelled together with Boris Schatz between 1906 and 1918 to Ottoman Palestine, founded the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, and established the design style of Zionism and Israel.
Provenance: Rudolf Mekicki (1887-1942) was a Lvov heraldic artist, collector and designer of bookplates, book covers, bonds and banknotes who provided the institutions and collectors of the capital of Galicia with bookplates. His wife Julia, son (Stanislaw) and daughter (Krystina, died in 2010) continued in this tradition, designing and collecting bookplates.
Not in Thieme-Becker; OCLC locates copies in the Getty, and in NUKAT (including the Polish National Library); not in the Leo Baeck Institute (who have a Lilien collection), COPAC or the British Library.