Basel, Switzerland: Basilius Presse, 1966. Folded Story 16. Hardcover. Tall skinny octavo [25 cm]. Accordion-folding book composed of glossy pictorial boards with folding B&W lithographic interior. Rubbing and light wear to boards, especially at extremities; previous owner's small bookplate on the front pastedown; interior is clean and faintly toned. Text in German. Very good. Item #57659
European Dada began at the Cafe Voltaire, a backroom nightclub on an unassuming Zurich street, the Spiegelgasse ('Mirror Alley'). The club was founded in 1916 by Hugo Ball, Emmy Hemmings, and other artists and thinkers who came to Zurich as refugees during the First World War. Lenin was one of their neighbors. In the 19th century, the Spiegelgasse was home to anarchists and Avant-Garde figures, and was visited by Goethe. Lavater's book is a sort of abstract oral history of the street, narrated by its noted denizens, and peopled as well with her expressive illustrations.