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Rare Books Archives - Kurtiak & Ley

Muhammad Al Ali Astron Arabe

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The first edition

25 numbered copies

Abay

Abay Kunanbaev
„Abay”

Abay

 

Writings of the most famous Kazakh poet, philosopher and composer Abay Kunanbaev. The book contains advices for his nation regarding morality, need for literacy and social development.

Book in Kazakh language. The binding is designed in the spirit of Kazakh national art – rich silver ornaments, dark blue and black leather.

Collector’s edition. The issue consists of 50 numbered specimens.

Abay
Abay

St. John of God – Letters

Letters of St. John of God

1000 copies printed on hand made paper
Format: 22 x 14 cm

Letters of St. John of God

The first edition in 1000 copies printed on hand-made paper. The book comprises six letters written in the 16th century by St.John of God, the founder of the Order of St. John of God. The letters have been inserted in an envelope which also makes the cover. The contact and feelings of the message is strengthen with respect to the preservation of the author’s handwriting. The book was issued by order of the Convent of Good Brothers at Łódź.

St. John of the Cross – „Letters”

Letters of St. John
of the Cross

First edition
Artistic book
Limited collector’s edition
Format: 17 x 23 cm

Letters of St. John of the Cross

 The first edition comprising 5 numbered copies printed on hand-made paper.
The edition contains 27 letters in a leather- and silver-trimmed casket set with ambers.
The book, favourite reading of Pope John Paul II, was published by order of LOT Polish Airlines.
Owners of respective copies thereof have been mentioned in Editor’s Note.

San Juan de la Cruz „Poemas mayores”

San Juan de la Cruz (Saint John of the Cross),

Poemas mayores (The Poems of Saint John of the Cross)

Spanish

38 numbered copies:

– 10 jewellery binding

– 28 leather fine binding


Polish president Lech Kaczynski gives as a gift art book published for the occasion

Polish president Lech Kaczynski gives as a gift art book published for the occasion

„Poemas mayores”. Hand bound with amber, gold and silver in only one copy.

Hand bound with amber, gold and silver. Published in only one copy.Św. Jan od Krzyża „Poemas mayores”

 

St. John of the Cross, Rady i wskazówki (Advices and guidances)

Św. Jan od Krzyża,
Rady i wskazówki (Advice and guidance)

Artistic book
Limited edition
First 10 copies decorated with gem stones with gold and silver. Rich hand-made edgings, adorned with 22 carat gold.
50 numbered copies
Format: 17,5 x 25 cm

In 2002 a special edition of „Advice and guidance” was ordered by the President of Polish Airlines LOT as a gift in relation to another visit of Pope John Paul II in Poland. Works of this renaissance mystique had a huge influence on young Karol Wojtyła’s views which led him to the Vatican. The poems and theological tractates of St. John of the Cross were not only the subject of studies and topic of his Ph.D. thesis but also a never ending source of inspiration and renewal of spiritual strength.

Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”

St. John of the Cross, Trzy poematy (Three poems)

Św. Jan od Krzyża,
Trzy poematy (Three poems)

Two of the three poems were created in unusual circumstances in prison. The third – „Living Flame of Love” was written after his escape from the Toledo fortress. The mysticism of St. John of the Cross is the highest degree to the sublime and almost absolute. His poetry is one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature, and the poem „Song of the spiritual” is considered an absolute gem of world literature. He was the greatest mystique among the poets and his work the quintessence of the greatest poets and the summit of world mysticism.
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Trzy poematy”

Wyspiański Stanisław – „Wesele – Die Hochzeit”

Wyspiański Stanisław,
Wesele (Die Hochzeit)

Translated to German language by Karl Dedecius
Polish – German edition – 208 numbered copies
Polish edition – 288 numbered copies
Typographic of all versions by Iga Bielejec
Format: 21 x 26 cm

It would seem hard that the Polish drama “The Wedding” brings such a powerful spiritual element, that is also enthusiastically received by foreign readers and audience. Without the understanding of the Polish culture foreign readers and audience might find it difficult to assimilate this book. However, it is possible to interpret the magical contents of “The Wedding”, which is quite metaphysical even without a proper knowledge of the Polish culture. This proves the intellect and maturity of the cultural sphere in the European community. The next version of Andrzej Wajda’s “The Wedding” which was previewed in 1992 in Salzburg, Germany inspired us to issue this drama in this form for it was quite explicit even to foreign readers and audience.

Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”

Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”
Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”
Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”

Żeromski Stefan – „Przedwiośnie” („The Early Springtime”)

Żeromski Stefan „Przedwiośnie”

Twain Mark – „Adam and Eve’s Diaries” – Frame Book

Mark Twain, „Adam and Eve’s Diaries”

 

Frame Book

Mark Twain - Pamiętnik Adama i Ewy

158 numbered copies, leather hand-made fine binding

Artistic paper

English edition

Separately, is Polish edition

First 35 copies in unique patented frame book form and cost 4 500  Euro

The rest of the copies in artistic binding and cost 1 000 Euro

Some copies are in leather binding and cost 650 Euro

Dimension: 17.5cm x 17.5cm

 

A well known Author with his extraordinary text needed a unique binding. This sophisticated binding demanded special form, materials and technique as well as an exclusive frame. The book was printed in a limited edition on art ribbed and hand made leather binding. Some of the books were edited in a new form of frame book which could be hung on the wall. Only the book owners know how to take out the books from the frame and replace it. This new concept is backed by law with patent number 119400. The success of this concept has be demonstrated the nine awards which are as follows:

1. Perfect Home & Interior Trade Show 2010

2. Nomination in the 51. Contest „Most Beautiful Books of the Year” 2010

3. RemaDays 2011

4. Produkt Of The Year 2011

5. Innovative Produkt 2011

6. Product of Koszalin 2012

7. Golden Medal on Poznań International Fair 2013

8. Golden Medal – Consumers’ Choice on Poznań International Fair 2014

9. Renoma 2014

 

„Adam and Eve’s Diaries” in an unique frame-binding
What is most important in the world is what can change history, make people happy, make people be overwhelmed by sorrow, and can be an inspiration to human activity. Twain took this metaphor from a biblical story about the creation of the world. He wrote this story with a peculiar sense of humour. In his text he described how the first mighty feeling of love in the world was born. The meeting of the first people on earth i.e. the first man and woman taken from an extract of a literary diary is a special occasion to show us the mental subtle features which distinguish women and men since the existence of the human race. Those features are a source of confusion as well as mutual fascination of both women and men. Mark Twains perception and his subtle and witty languages ensures a delightful and fascinating reading.

„Adam and Eve’s Diaries” in an unique frame-binding

Pamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry


Golden Medal on Poznań International Fair 2013 – the movie

Pamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry
„Adam and Eve’s Diaries” in an unique frame-binding

Mark Twain - "Adam i Ewa"Twain Mark Adam i Ewa w Nowym JorkuPamiętniki Twain-Adam i Ewa `s, luxuary porządku, wyjątkowa książka wiążące skóry

Twain Pamiętniki

„Adam and Eve’s Diaries” in an unique frame-binding