ART DECO BINDING: Album slovenskih književnikov [Album of Slovenian Authors].
A book of portraits of Slovenian male and female authors from 16th to early 20th centuries was privately bound in a highly decorative contemporary art deco binding.
Author: Dr. Janko ŠLEBINGER (1876-1951), editor.
Place and Year: Ljubljana, Slovenia: Tiskovna zadruga .
Technique: 4°. 139 pp. with photographs and illustrations, XXIX, blue full calf with gilt embossed title and colour details, marbled end papers (Very Good, binding slightly scuffed on lower edges).
A unique, privately made Art Deco binding with a Slovenian title includes a book Album slovenskih književnikov (Album of Slovenian Authors) – an elaborately made book with over a hundred portraits of writers and poets. The book is especially valuable source for portraits of contemporary male and female authors of the early 20th century.
The portraits were collected by a bibliographer, professor and a director of the Slovenian National Library between 1927–1946, Janko Šlebinger.
References: Janez LOGAR, "Šlebinger, Janko". Slovenski biografski leksikon. Slovenska biografija. Ljubljana: ZRC SAZU, 2013.