From my personal hungarian library, this is one of the most beautiful book, either because of illustrations and, of course, because the author is my beloved Ady Endre.
It’s the third edition of the poetry collection of the hungarian poet Endre Ady entitled “Uj Versek”, in english, “New Verses”, for the editor Pallas (Pallas Kiadas), published in 1912.
By an artistic point of view, the cover itself, with its floral decorations resembling those of some Wiener Werkstaette book binding and postcards production and, moreover, very close to the style of several early works performed by the austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka, even for the choice of the colors (think here, for example, to the poetic works, heavily illustrated, named “Die Traumenden Knaben”: specifically, if you are interested to this masterpiece stay tuned with szecesszio.com, since I plan to put online the reproduction of the original version of 1908, d’oh !).
The inner pages present, of course, typical geometrical decorations, with a re-proposal of floral them, even if much more drawn in a minimalistic style, at the end of each poem.
However, one of the most interesting item, at least by artistic point of view, is the presence, at the very beginning of the book, of an outstanding drawing by the hungarian artist Sandor Nagy, one of the most important secessionist illustrator, member of the so called Godollo artistic community (specific posts regarding this artistic brotherhood will be eventually published). The drawings of Sandor Nagy have really a symbolist taste, as even the one published within this book :
In order to keep in touch with the content of the book, is to say the poetry of the great Endre Ady, well, if you still haven’t read some of his poems it would be absolutely mandatory to find out some translations in your own language (of course, if you cannot afford to directly read in magyar nyelve )
Ady is even a great reading, specially in autumn …