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book (design) story #669

richard katz:
auf dem amazonas

eugen rentsch verlag ag, erlenbach-z├╝rich, 1946
printer: buchdruckerei effingerhof ag, brugg
size: ?? x ?? cm
designer: pierre gauchat (jacket+cover), percy lau (drawings)

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pierre gauchat (1902-1956) designed numerous book jackets and covers for the publisher eugen rentsch, among them another one by the same author.

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the jacket title looks like written on a bent piece of paper that is floating on muddy water, apparently referring to amzonas river.

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german richard katz (1888-1968) was a popular travel writer. the jewish author emigrated in 1933 first to switzerland and then to brazil.

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his book "on the amazonas" is from this period. katz returned to switzerland in 1956.

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the drawings are by percy lau (1903-1972), a peruvian-born artist living in brazil.

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the pages have yellowed considerably, obviously due to the rather poor quality paper of the immediate post-ww2 years.

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note the maps on the endpapers.

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