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49. Christian Symbols by Rudolf Koch with Fritz Kredel.

Christian Symbols, 158 emblems drawn by Rudolf Koch with the collaboration of Fritz Kredel, translated from the German by Kevin Ahern, with a foreword by Andrew Hoyem, 1996.

Christian Symbols is a valuable collection of religious emblems that had been long out-of-print. Similar to Koch's and Kredel's well-known and primarily secular Book of Signs, this collection of images from the history of Christianity was first published in Germany, between 1932 and 1935, as set of plates presented in folders. Arion reproduced all 158 sheets as a bound book, reducing the scale to ninety percent. An English translation of the German text is provided. Rudolf Koch (1878-1934) was an artist of broad and profound accomplishment, best-known for his type design and calligraphy. He was prolific in the ecclesiastical arts, producing, with his arts-and-crafts group, many beautiful objects that incorporated these symbols. Koch's intention was that Christian Symbols be used freely, as a source-book for artists, designers, scholars, and churches. The Arion edition is copyright free.

THE BOOK & PRICE

Format: 11 by 7-3/4 inches, 176 pages. The original texts and images are printed by letterpress from photopolymer plates. The type for the foreword and appendix was set by photocomposition in Kabel, a typeface designed by Rudolf Koch. The paper is acid-free Mohawk Vellum. The binding is deep blue-green cloth over boards, enclosed in a slipcase with blue and magenta wrap-around label. Edition unlimited, $90. Available.

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Edition: Format: 11 by 7-3/4 inches, 176 pages. The original texts and images are printed by letterpress. The binding is deep blue-green cloth over boards, enclosed in a slipcase with blue and magenta wrap-around label. Edition not limited. Price: $90.

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