New York: Whittlesey House, (1939). Spiral-bound volume, measuring 12 x 9 inches: . Original blue cloth boards lettered in darker blue, orange endpapers. Monochrome and color illustrations throughout text. Ink presentation inscription on the half title: “N.Y. Jan. 30. 39 / to Dean and Mrs. E. Raymond Bossange / with the sincere respects and compliments / of the authors / Winold Reiss / Albert Chas Schweizer.” Light shelfwear to boards, no dust jacket.
First edition, dedication copy, of this striking guide to graphic design by artist Winold Reiss and architect Albert Schweizer. They aim to reach the amateur artist: “You can design. Whether you realize it or not, the power of creating forms and patterns lies within you, and you should give yourself the pleasure that comes from this kind of self-expression.” Starting with simple black and white abstractions, Reiss and Schweizer propose an increasingly complex series of creative exercises -- borders, patterns, forms inspired by nature, half-tone and color designs – as well as ideas for their practical application. The exercises are accompanied by artwork produced by the authors’ students at New York University. Reiss and Schweizer have warmly inscribed this copy to E. Raymond Bossange, Dean of the NYU School of Architecture and Allied Arts, who is thanked in the printed dedication for “his interest and kindness in permitting the use of the students’ drawings which illustrate the work.” A near-fine dedication copy of a compelling book.