New York: J.J. Augustin, 1938. First printing. Cloth. Fine. Octavo (6 x 9.25 inches). Tan cloth with black silhouette of skyscraper and lettering to spine. v-lxix with woodcuts 29 plates. The 29 woodcuts are reproduced in actual size- six of which are printed in two color, plus 3 text illustrations.
From Master Wood-engraver and book illustrator Hans Alexander Mueller (German 1888-1962) a fine collection of his first perceptions of New York City in both essay (translated by Paul Stoddard) and woodcuts- from his introductory visit in 1937. " Using my five senses- I take stock of my surroundings...I do not regard the world from the historians viewpoint but to glide simply and unobtrusively into the strangeness round about. Rising abruptly from the sea and forced into the air, the aspect and essence of this city seem to me at once grotesque, picturesque, romantic, ugly, beautiful- almost naive and unreal." Includes woodcuts of Downtown, Harlem River, Skyscraper, Central Park, Subway in July, Broadway-North End, Newsstand under the Elevated and street scenes of city life. Fine. Item #7033