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Item 553 - Hermann Hesse Catalog 446 (Feb 2015)

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Spectacular AMS in German, comprised of seven sets of adjoining 6 x 8.5 sheets, with the first titled and signed on the front within a hand-painted wreath, “Zwolf Gedichte von Hermann Hesse,” and signed and inscribed inside in German to his sister (translated): “To Marulla, 27 Nov 1930, from your Brother, Hermann.” The remaining six all feature gorgeous original watercolors by Hesse on the front, with a poem penned by him inside. The titles and paintings are as follows (translated): “Blue Butterfly,” showing flowers and a blue butterfly; “Italian Views,” showing a picturesque landscape; “Autumn,” showing a garland of fruit; “New Experience,” showing a village with hedges under a blue sky; “Often Life...,” showing a mountain landscape and lakes with house and garden; and “Withering Roses,” showing a garland of roses. In overall fine condition, with a separation along the adjoining fold of the inscribed cover sheet repaired with tape. Accompanied by a beautiful clamshell presentation case.

Hesse was close to his sister, who was three years younger than him, and presented this gorgeous manuscript of artwork and poetry to her on her 50th birthday. He had been living on the Swiss-Italian border for a decade, having moved to Ticino after World War I. Here he had taken up painting as a hobby and found happiness in his new surroundings, which launched the most productive period of his career—during the 1920s he wrote Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Narcissus and Goldmund. Hesse’s surroundings are clearly apparent in the present work, both in the landscapes he portrays and in titles like “Italian Views.” An absolutely gorgeous and personal piece created by Hesse at the pinnacle of his career. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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