Corvinus Antiquariat Ernst Collin
|Mommsen Straße 27 in Charlottenburg where the |
Corvinus Antiquariat was located when it opened
|Addressbuch entry from 1925|
|Announcement of the Antiquariat being added to the Berlin directory|
|Announcement of the exhibition at the Corvinus Antiquariat|
On December 5, 1924, the Börsenblatt carried a notice that the Antiquariat was moving from Charlottenburg to Stegliz, the address Ernst also used as editor of Die Heftlade, Journal of the Jakob-Krause-Bund (J-K-B), an association of fine binders, and for his publication of Paul Kersten in 1925...
|Notice of the Antiquariat's move|
Writings and Speaking
|Notice about the Pressbengel. Note the price, an indicator|
of the beginnings of the hyperinflation
that would get much worse in 1923.
The December 21, 1922 edition mentioned the Pressbengel at the end of it's Christmas title list, that even if a book lover can't afford new clothes for their favorite books, that can at least read about it, amusingly in the Pressbengel, closing with an acknowledgment of the increasingly bad economic situation and growing hyperinflation.
"We believe in the future. We are not closing down, we are increasing our production." The legendary #Malik publishing house during the hyperinflation of 1923 - 97 years ago. The currency decline is shown in the chart from https://t.co/mHmqWGp8gX. Situation today? pic.twitter.com/IBHYXWWVLl— Achim Bonte (@slubbon) May 16, 2020
Ernst Collin in the Allgmeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien
This issue contained several articles by Collin, including "Neue Arbeiten der Weimarer Fachschule" led by Otto Dorfner; two articles about bookbinding supplies and decorated papers being shown at the Leipziger Papiermesse (trade fair); "Ein halbes Jahrhundert Fachmann" about Paul Kersten's 50th year practicing and teaching in the trade; and directly connected to items in my collection, a review of Musterbetriebe deutscher Wirtschaft (Model Corporations of German Industry) that was about the trade bindery E.A. Enders. I described that book in my post here, especially pleased that it depicted my copy of the 1927 Jahrbuch der Einbandkunst published by the Meister der Einbandkunst. There was also an article about "Buchbinder in der Literatur," bookbinders appearing in literary works; a review "Bucheinband-Ausstellung in Berlin" about a bindings created by Kersten's students at the Lette Verein (and addition to the previously mentioned article). Also several other exhibit reviews, and a correction by Collin for omitting the binder Carl Funke from his article about the 25th anniversary of the Berliner Kunstklasse, first led by Kersten. Among those 1928 articles was one "Über die Kunst in der Buchbinderei" about the art in [fine] binding. Those articles will be added to the bibliography of Collins writings soon.
|Number 1 of the 1929 Buchbinderlehrling as issued in the|
Allegemeiner Anzeiger für Buchbindereien.
Connecting Ernst Collin to other threads
I was also pleased to include writings by Collin in my article "Fips" and His Eels: Fish Skin in Bookbinding that appeared in Book Arts arts du livre Canada (Vol 10., Nr. 2, 2019). Another article on this topic will appear in a UK-based bookbinding journal, and I am also working on a German version. Finally, really, I was asked to write a general, foundational, article on Collin and his Pressbengel for a German publication.