Leipzig: Fischer & Kürsten, 1930-1933. 4to, each issue bound in color pictorial wraps. Illustrated with black and white plates. Text in German.
17 issues of the important Weimar-era modernist lifestyle magazine which played a fundamental part in portraying the new female of the age - powerful, unapologetic, athletic, and engaged in activities previously reserved only for men, and documented by some of the best photographers of the day.
The magazine was edited by Max Krell, who as an editor fought heroically to get Erich Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front published. Das Leben began in 1923, in a smaller, much different format. It wasn't until the magazine merged with two other publications by the same publisher, Die Grosse Welt and Der Die Das, and began to focus on original photography and art that it became the spectacular publication seen here, which began to include excellent photography, including work by Germaine Krull, Heinz von Perckhammer, Gustavo Thorlichen, Ballé, E.O. Hoppé, Munk et al, and illustrations and other artwork by Barribal, von de Beck, Hans Becker, Imre von Canto, Kupfer-Sachs, Ilse Wende-Lungershausen, Oswald Poetzelberger, H. Stockmann, Kurt Opitz et al.
A generous selection of the photography is nude.
The topics of the magazine included fashion, style, travel, film, entertainment, sports, and the arts.
Rare. Copies of the magazine seemed to have rarely survived the chaos of the coming decade, and OCLC locates only scattered issues at five institutions worldwide, none of which are in North America.
The issues included here are IV Jahrgang Nr. 7, VI Jahrgang Nr. 2, VIII Jahrgang Nr. 6, VIII Jahr Nr. 7, VIII Jahrgang Nr. 10, VIII Jahrgang Nr. 11, IX Jahrgang Nr. 2, IX Jahrgang Nr. 9, X. Jahrgang Nr. 1, X. Jahrgang Nr. 3, X Jahrgang Nr. 4, X Jahrgang Nr. 7, X Jahrgang Nr. 8, X. Jahrgang Nr. 10, X. Jahrgang Nr. 12, XI. Jahrgang No. 1, and XI Jahrgang Nr. 2.
Scattered rubbing and creasing, the occasional closed marginal tear, some wear and loss of paper over spines, but but a remarkably well-preserved lot, with the front covers remarkably bright. Item #27121