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book (design) story #654

peter freuchen:
ivalu

büchergilde gutenberg, zürich, 1940
printer: genossenschaftsdruckerei zürich
size: ?? x ?? cm
designer: paul urban (illustrations)

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we have come across danish writer-explorer peter freuchen (1886-1957) before, see story 113.

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"ivalu" is a fictionalized story about freuchen's inuit wife navarana who died in 1921 in the spanish flu epipdemic. the german edition was first published in 1931 by the büchergilde gutenberg, berlin.

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after 1938 freuchen's books were banned in nazi germany. this copy is from the 1940 re-edition by the exiled büchergilde in zürich.

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the main text is set in a "schwabacher" blackletter typeface ...

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... and illustrated with ink-drawings by paul urban (1901- c.1938) who also designed numerous book covers for the universum-bücherei (e.g. book 229, and later for querido in amsterdam.

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