Vienna: Verlag der Wiener Graphischen Werkstätte, 1921. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's three-quarter green pebbled cloth over gold-and-black marbled paper boards, spine gilt, floral patterned endpapers, original dark green dust jacket lettered in lavender, title-page printed in sepia and black.
First trade edition of this early monograph on the work of Viennese enfant terrible Schiele, with 62 black-and-white plates of drawings and paintings, and two mounted photographic reproductions, including one of Anton Josef Trcka's portrait of Schiele, and one of the artist's death mask. The first critical biography of the artist, who died during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 at the age of 28, by art critic and major patron of Schiele's, Arthur Roessler, with an introduction by Fritz Karpfen, archivist of the Wiener Werkstätte collective, and a two-page facsimile manuscript of a reminiscence of Schiele by his peer, the sculptor Gustinus Ambrossi. Published simultaneously with a limited edition of 1000 copies on thicker paper issued without dust jacket, this unnumbered trade edition in dust jacket is far less common. Text in German. Two pages strengthened at the gutter, toning to margins throughout; light rubbing to board edges. Unclipped dust jacket exceptionally fresh. Item #870