SLOVENIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK: Trdoglav in Marjetica. Slovenska pravljica.
A stellar example of a highly decorative children’s book by a Slovenian author Fran Milčinski was designed by a Jože Plečnik’s student Marija Grafenauer (Vogelnik).
Author: Fran MILČINSKI (1867-1932), author; Marija VOGELNIK (née GRAFENAUER) (1914-2008), illustrations.
Place and Year: Ljubljana, Slovenia: Nova založba 1939. Lithography by Čemažar.
Technique: Oblong 4°:  juxtaposed colour lithographed illustrations and text with black and white vignettes and bordure on thick paper, illustrated boards, red linen spine (Very Good, spine with small tears and tiny loss of linen, title page slightly age-toned,
The story is based on a Slovenian national poem about a girl, Marjetica (Daisy), who is imprisoned by a water man Trdoglav, and eventually rescued by a Spanish prince who marries her. The text was written by one of the most popular Slovenian authors of the 20th century Fran Milčinski (1867-1932). Milčinski was also a judge, radio narrator, play writer, and a father of a famous comedian and author Frane Milčinski - Ježek (1914 - 1988).
The book was designed by a dancer, architect and graphic designer Marija Vogelnik, who studied architecture under Jože Plečnik and painting and graphic design in Belgrade. She was a famous designer and illustrator of children’s books during and after WWII.
The book is very rare. We could only trace 4 or 5 examples in libraries worldwide. A reprint of the book was made in 1987.