Within the small edition, the books were decorated differently, going beyond the features mentioned in the title of the book. The additional drawings can be seen as a supplement to the typography, designed by Altenbourg. The two studio photographs and the ten photographs of his works are mentioned on the pre-title page.
The sheets are minimally discolored, including a few minor fox marks. The cover is in very good condition. The cardboard slipcase is somewhat soiled and stained.
Gerhard Altenbourg (1926-1989)
Gerhard Altenbourg, actually Gerhard Ströch, was born in 1926 near Gotha. Shortly afterwards, the family moved to Altenburg. From 1946 to 1948, he took painting lessons with Erich Dietz, followed by studies at the University of Architecture and Visual Arts in Leipzig. After completing his studies, he lived in Altenburg as freelance artist and took the city name as his artist’s name in the mid-1950s. In 1961, he had a guest studio in the Academy of the Arts in West Berlin. In 1970, he became a full member of the Academy. He participated in the documenta II and VI. Altenbourg refused to follow the official art politics of the GDR and was therefore not allowed to exhibit his works. Today, his works can be found in major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York. (cko)