book Raphael Kirchner and his postcards sum up the status
of our research on the work of Kirchner in the postcard scenery
at 1996, the date of issue of the book.
During his lifetime Kirchner was one of he most prolific illustrators
of picture postcards. To date nearly eight hundred postcards of
diverse subjects designed by him have been discovered, and this
book is first of all the result of our work in cataloguing these
All the Kirchner's postcards have been subdivided in homogeneous
groups, and we thought it opportune to divide them into three main
periods: the Beginnings (those postcards printed between 1897-1899),
the Golden Age (1990-1907), the Glamour Age (1910 and after).
Then, each set is catalogued with a letter plus number combination
(for example, D.8 - "Geisha"): the letter denotes the
group in which the set is enclosed (D = The Golden Age - Signed
Raphael Kirchner), the number (8) shows the progression of the set
inside the group (for each group the numbering starts from 1). In
the checklist the first data: list number, title, number of cards,
issue date and when necessary a brief description of the postcards,
give the beginnings to the main catalogue of all Kirchner's postcards.
For a collector of artist's postcards, this information is all that
is necessary in order to know the works of Kirchner.
a collector specialised in Kirchner's postcards is also interested
in knowing each Type in which the
same image has been published, when it is the case. Moreover, if
his interest in Kirchner's postcards is very deep, he can
find in the list al the all the issues of each set, with the different
publishers and/or printers, the particular issues with greeting
overprints, and rare Variants of
some postcards, usually used as advertising cards.
Finally, in order to complete the description of each set, very
often we have added some Notes with
information both on the use of the postcard images for different
graphic subjects (such as menus, book illustrations, etc.) and on
events that inspired some sets.
In his 230 pages, size 24 x 17 cm, the book Raphael Kirchner
and his postcards includes, in addition to the checklist of
the all known postcards by Kirchner, a long and detailed introduction
on his life and works, a rich Bibliography and some very useful
indexes of the sets for publishers, of the titles of sets or single
postcards, of the inscriptions and overprints. Moreover, a section
of the book is reserved to the quotations of the catalogued postcards.
For each set we propose a "quotation index", which depends
on the rarity of the postcard, on collectors' demand for any particular
set, and on the general trend of the market. The quotation indexes
are then transformed into local currency, taking into account the
exchange rate at the publishing time of the book: sorry, there are
no transformations in Euros, but nowadays you can take the quotations
in US dollars as equivalent to Euros and internationally good.
over the book, 220 postcards and other Kirchner's items are
reproduced in full and brilliant colours. In the final section, all
the known Kirchner's postcards are reproduced in black and white.
It is important to note that each postcard is identified by an individual
code: so any postcard by Kirchner is unequivocally catalogued and
may be identified or described without showing its figure.
further information about the book and how to buy it, please write
- Foreword and acknowledgements
- Raphael Kirchner: his life and works
- Introduction to the checklist
- The checklist of the postcards by Raphael Kirchner:
--- Notes for using the checklist
--- Acronyms of the publishers, printers and dealers
--- The Beginnings (1897-1899)
--- The Golden Age (1900-1907)
--- The Glamour Age (1910-1916)
- Quotations of the postcards by Raphael Kirchner
- Index of the sets for publishers, printers and dealers
- Index of the inscriptions and overprints
- The photographic catalogue of the postcards by Raphael Kirchner
- Photo credits