Albers, Josef. (1888–1976)
Autograph letter from the German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of modern art education programs of the twentieth century. August 6, 1972; 1 p. on his Orange, Connecticut letterhead. Writing to the publisher Aurel Bongers Verlag, Albers sends his thanks for the news that the first edition of a monograph on his work is already out of print, and discusses his hopes for a second edition. Together with a photograph of the artist. Hole punches and folding creases; overall fine. 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 27.8 cm).
Translated from the German, in full:
"Dear Herr Bläsing,
I learned your good news from Herr Dr. Wißmann, that his monograph about me (no. 37 in your series) is already completely out of print. And because that has happened within a year (or less), that must mean: It was worth it. And for that a heartfelt Bravo, and particular thanks. He also mentioned that this had only happened before with no. 11 (about Max Ernst). So I would like to know when no. 11 was first published, and when in a second edition. In order to see how the more recent one differs from his first, I would like to compare both editions, and know the number of copies published. If you like, I will of course promise to return the first (perhaps rarer) one. I expect that the Kulturministerium, in recognition of the success of no. 37, will allow an edition that is expanded, even if only slightly (and perhaps also an increased circulation.) Expanded by a few color and full-page black-and-white reproductions of important newer works—besides the necessary new biographical and bibliographical information. In the hope of hearing from you soon, with best wishes, Josef Albers."