J. B. Malina, Orbis Catholicus – Bilder gläubiger Menschen und geheiligter Formen, 1930

Dust jacket front

Dust jacket front

 

Josef Bonifacius Malina, Orbis Catholicus – Bilder gläubiger Menschen und geheiligter Formen (Pictures of believers and sacred forms) was published  by Atlantis Verlag Berlin 1930 in the same style as the popular Orbis Terrarum series. Printed in rich sepia-toned gravure. Martin Hürlimann, owner of Atlantis Verlag, commissioned Malina for this project. In my opinion this is the best ‘Orbis Terrarum’ book published. I love the fact that we see more people here than in any of the other volumes. The printing quality is superb. Most importantly we are given a good impression of the activities of the Catholic church and her followers during the late 1920s. And this is exactly the beauty of this book; the way it totally captures the mysticism and theatre of religious ceremony. Although to judge from the pictures religion was a serious business back then. You certainly won’t find too many smiling faces in this book.

Intoduction by Franz Andreas Cardinal Frühwirth, Kanzler der hl. röm. Kirche (Chancellor of the Apostolic Chancery, Roma Curia)

Photographs by J.B. (Josef Bonifacius) Malina except
Plate 9-13 by G. Felici, Rome
Plate 132-133 by A. Gabarell, Thalwil
Plate 134-136 by Martin Hürlimann

Cover illustration by Lucian Zabel

Text printed by Jacob Begner in Dresden-Hellerau
Gravures printed by Meisenbach, Riffarth & Co., Berlin

Published by Atlantis Verlag Berlin, 1930
French edition published by Atlantis Verlag / Editions A. Calavas (with german index sheet)

The book was republished in 1933 by Paul Franke Verlag Berlin

 

Hard cover cloth with dust jacket and gold cut on top

Half vellum-bound with dust jacket and gold cut on top

App. 24.5 x 30.7cm

31 pages titles, foreword, descriptions of plates and index

204 pages of plates

 

Cover half vellum bound

Cover half vellum bound

Cover cloth version

Cover cloth version

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French edition published by Editions A. Calavas in 1930, dust jacket back and front

French edition published by Editions A. Calavas in 1930, dust jacket back and front

 

 

French edition published by Editions A. Calavas in 1930, cover and index sheet front

French edition published by Editions A. Calavas in 1930, cover and index sheet front