Melchior Lechter | book designs

German artist and designer Melchior Lechter, born on this day in 1865, was a follower of poet Stefan George. Like George and many other creative professionals at the dawn of the 20th century, Lechter had an exalted, almost mystical reverence for the role of art and the status of the printed word. These images are from a 1904 anthology of Lechter’s art, applied and otherwise, which Lechter himself designed (you can view the whole thing here). This selection focuses on his book designs; unsurprisingly George dominates. Elsewhere Lechter’s approach is as rich and attentive when applied to a volume of Goethe or (in the last image) a linen catalogue.Lechter2

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Further reading
Strange Flowers guide to Berlin: part 2

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