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Larsson, Carl, , Konigstein im Taupus & Leipzig, Karl Robert Langewiesche Verlag, 1909, early edition, 8vo (10.5" x 7.5"), SB in dj, 2-toned embossed dark purple decorative stiff wraps in color illus dj, VG / VG. Extremities worn. DJ edgeworn, spine extremities chipped, sm. (5 x 8 cm) scar/loss on upper right border.

Illustrated half-title bearing the notation 141. bis 155.Tausend, copyright 1908. 27. Oktober 1909. 74 pp. + 6 pp. adverts at the rear for other titles by the publisher. Profusely illustrated with 50 b/w line drawings and 16 full-page color plates printed on a heavier, glossy stock. Text in German.

"After spending two summers in Barbizon, the refuge of the plein-air painters, he settled down with his Swedish painter colleagues in 1882 in Grez-sur-Loing, at a Scandinavian artists' colony outside Paris. It was there that he met the artist Karin Bergöö, who soon became his wife. This was to be a turning point in Larsson's life. In Grez, Larsson painted some of his most important works, now in watercolour and very different from the oil painting technique he had previously employed.

Carl and Karin Larsson had eight children and his family became Larsson's favourite models. Many of his watercolours are now popular all over the world. Their eight children included Suzanne (1884), Ulf (1887, who died at 18), Pontus (1888), Lisbeth (1891), Brita (1893), Mats (1894, who died at 2 months), Kersti (1896) and Esbjörn (1900).

In 1888 the young family was given a small house, named Little Hyttnäs, in Sundborn by Karin's father Adolf Bergöö. Carl and Karin decorated and furnished this house according to their particular artistic taste and also for the needs of the growing family.

Through Larsson's paintings and books this house has become one of the most famous artist's homes in the world. The descendants of Carl and Karin Larsson now own this house and keep it open for tourists each summer from May until October.

Larsson's popularity increased considerably with the development of colour reproduction technology in the 1890s, when the Swedish publisher Bonnier published books written and illustrated by Larsson and containing full colour reproductions of his watercolours, e.g. "A Home". However, the print runs of these rather expensive albums did not come close to that produced in 1909 by the German publisher Karl Robert Langewiesche (1874–1931): His choice of watercolours, drawings and text by Carl Larsson, titled "Das Haus in der Sonne" (The House in the Sun), immediately became one of the German publishing industry's best-sellers of the year — 40,000 copies sold in three months, and more than 40 print runs have been produced up to 2001. Carl and Karin Larsson declared themselves overwhelmed by such success." From Carl Larsson listing, Wikipedia

A lovely copy of this 100 year old bestseller, in an uncommon dust jacket.

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