Salzburg: Verlag Galerie Welz, 1974. Deluxe edition. Large format hardcover (27.5 x 30.5mm), pp. 320, richly illustrated with black and white and colour photographs and colour artwork reproductions; bound in black Persian lamb with embossed red lettering on the spine and frontboard, front cover features 21.5 x 26cm colour motif designed by the artist using screen printing and foil detailing surrounded by blind borders, black card stock pages with white lettering, foam padding inlays inside covers, presented in slipcase with embossed red signature in bottom right corner of front cover, text in German. Deluxe edition limited to 330 German copies, a further 220 copies were published in other languages. Lacks artist's signature and limitation no., sugggesting an out-of-series copy.
Tail of spine very gently bruised; very light scratches and one small (1mm) nick halfway down spine; joints gently creased; shallow ding (2mm in diameter) halfway down rear hinge; 1mm ding on top edge of front board and another on bottom edge of rear board, 5mm scuff on bottom edge of front board; minor abrasions to edges of joints and corners; edges of text block are mostly square and clean, a series of very minor scuffs to the bottom half of the fore edge and on a 20 x 40mm section near the base of the spine; paper covering edges of foam inlays are gently creased due to the weight of the book; 5 x 25mm section of light creasing on the bottom of page 27; three white flecks (less than 1mm) on page 86 and on black pages facing plates 5, 12,17 & 35/36, three 5-7mm scratches have cause the colour to lift slightly on the black page facing plate 55, very occasional light scuffs to pages but mostly clean and bright; slip case is lightly scuffed, corners at opening and spine are bruised, small splits (10mm) to the top left and bottom right corners of the opening, 30mm scratch resulting in slight colour loss to top edge, 3 x 2mm nick on bottom edge near base of spine, 4 x 5mm white mark on front cover. Item #939
Friedrich Stowasser (1928-2000), better known as Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, or simply, Hundertwasser, was an Austrian born New Zealand artist and architect. Influenced by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, his work has been characterised as drawing on Art Nouveau, Surrealist and Naïve styles. Initially a painter, he progressed to screen printing and lithography and became widely regarded for his architectural designs. This deluxe edition beautifully showcases reproductions of his artwork alongside photographs of his life; it was produced under supervision and according to detailed information of the artist.