München (Munich): Kurt Wolff Verlag; Dr. C. Wolf & Sohn, 1920. First German edition, limited. Leather bound. Sextodecimo [16 cm] 3/4 leather with marbled paper over boards. Top edge gilt. The spine is subtly faded, and the extremities are gently rubbed. Ritter Nr. 6. I. Very good. Item #58368
Number 432 in an edition of 650 copies "auf deutschem Bütten" (numbers 51-700). Numbers 1-50 were signed by the artist. *This copy is not signed.
Masereel's woodcut series, which were mainly of sociocritical content and of expressionistic formal concept, brought the strong pacifist Frans Masereel international acknowledgment. Among them were his so-called image novels including this one, 'Mein Stundenbuch,' 'Passion eines Menschen,' 'Die Sonne,' 'Die Idee,' and 'Geschichte ohne Worte,' which all date from the 1920s. During this time Masereel also drew illustrations for famous works of world literature by Thomas Mann, Emile Zola and Stefan Zweig.