Hard Cover. London: G. G. Harrap and Co., , 1911. Fine.
Illustrated with 16 full color plates tipped in, text printed on heavy gray stock, decoratively lettered and embellished with numerous lithographs printed in orange, gray, and black throughout the text, designed by Willy Pogany in his characteristic fairy-like Art Nouveau style. Finely bound in full black morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with five raised bands to spine, compartments and bands decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt, elaborate leaf design stamped in gilt to turn-ins, all edges gilt, black and gray marbled endpapers, with the original cloth bound in to rear. Overall, a beautiful example of turn of the century illustrations in an exquisite binding. Tannhauser is an opera by Richard Wagner inspired by the German legend of the medieval poet Tannhauser and the Warturg Song Contest. Written in three acts, the opera tells of the struggle between love in its many forms. This particular edition contains a poetic interpretation of the opera's original libretto by T. W. Rolleston. Born in Hungary in 1882, Willy Pogany was a prolific illustrator active in Europe and the United States throughout the first half of the 20th century. After attending art school, he travelled through Munich and Paris, finally finding success in London, following the demand for illustrators sparked by Arthur Rackham's publication of Rip Van Winkle in 1906, which was widely popular. Pogany is most known for the four illustrated books he published between 1910 and 1913, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1910), Tannhauser (1911), Parsifal (1912), and Lohengrin (1913).