München: Komet-Verlag, 1911-1912. 4to, 556, 224 pp, pagination continuous in both volumes, beautifully bound in thick green buckram with gilt titles and a gilt comet device to front panel, either a publisher's or custom binding, with all the original covers bound in. Profusely illustrated in both color and black and white. Text in German.
An exceedingly rare complete run of this satirical art and literature periodical co-edited by Frank Wedekind, which included many of the artists who congretated around the Café Stefanie in Munich, including Albert Bloch, Marcel Duchamp's friend Lasc r Vorel, and Hanns Bolz . The Komet was remarkable for its championship of the rights of women, free sexual expression, and for the visual art throughout which mercilessly satirized Bourgeois complacency.
In the editorial for the first issue, Wedekind stated that the aim of the satire in the publication was to be "die Erweiterung unserer Rechte... in erster Linie natürlich die Erweiterung der Frauenrechte." (the extension of our rights, and first and foremost, of course, the extension of the rights of women.) The periodical was also a platform for Wedekind's intense fights against the literary censorship by the German police at the time, after several of his groundbreaking plays, which often dealt with frank sexuality, were banned from performance in Imperial Germany. In an editorial to the fourth issue he states that the censors had helped German literature" weave it's own noose." [Stark, p. 73].
The periodical included work by the anarchist Erich Mühsam, the Romanian cartoonist Lascar Vorel, and other bohemian artists associated with the Café Stefanie and the German cabaret scene. Other contirbutors also included I. Max Brod, Pasetti, Lutz Ehrenberger, U. Engelhard, Curt Ziegra, Ludwig Bauer, Fritz Gassl, Philip Vlasdeck, Carl Aller, Eugen Rosenfield, Amanda Kußmichtot, Eugen Albu, Paul Otto Forberger, Ehrenberger, Kurt Martens, E. Dumtsa, Max Messer, Kurt Hiller, Alfred Henschke, Thesing, Böckeny, Wesely, Ziegra, Mantu, and many more.
Rare both institutionally and in the trade. Despite the importance of the periodical, OCLC locates only a scant 4 holdings worldwide.
The binding shows some discoloration to the fore edge of the rear board, and light rubbing, but remains quite sound. The internal pages show inevitable toning to margins, but the paper remains supple and all illustrations are quite vivid. Item #28085