JOŽE PLEČNIK BOOK DESIGN: Makalonca
The first edition of a novel for children in Slovenian language, was designed in 1958 by the architect Jože Plečnik.
Author: Fran SALEŠKI FINŽGAR (1871 - 1962), author; Jože PLEČNIK (1872-1957), illustrator and designer.
Place and Year: Celje: Mohorjeva družba 1958.
Technique: Small 8°. 89 pp.,  with red vignettes and initials, original red and tan wrappers with gilt title (slightly stained, soft folds in edges, tiny restored tears around the spine, otherwise in a good condition).
A children’s novel about a king’s youngest son, who went to the world to try different professions, and falls in love with an emperor’s daughter Makalonca, was designed and illustrated by the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, who is known for his works in Prague, Vienna and Ljubljana. The text is decorated with highly decorative red vignettes and ornaments, based on the Slavic mythology.
The story, which was written in 1944 by a famous author Fran Saleški Finžgar (1871 - 1962),who based it on a oral story he heard from shepherds, comes from a folk’s tales known in all the Slavic countries, as well as on the Orient.
Jože Plečnik was one of the most prominent European architects and designers of the early and mid 20th century. He studied under a Viennese architect Otto Wagner and worked in Wagner's architecture office until 1900. His architectural works can be seen mostly in Prague, Ljubljana and Vienna. He was also active as a designer and amateur archaeologist. The design for this book was one of Plečnik’s last projects and was published one year after his death.
In 1988 a reprint of the book was published.