Pl. XVI. Wien, . 72pp.
One of the classics of 1920s Weimar decadence, this collection of prose, poetry, photography and artwork presents the lives of two of the most controversial characters of the period. Berber and Droste performed their macabre "dances of vice, horror & ecstasy" to sold out performances before they were forced into leaving the country. Tänze des Lasters, des Grauens und der Ekstase’ has been described as "saturated with an air of morbidity and decadence; death, dreams, torture, sex and sensuality proliferate often combined with a narcissistic homosexual undertone."
One reviewer has noted “it is difficult to imagine, let alone find, a more bizarre and complex relation between dance, writing, speech, nudity, and image than that found in this little book”. It certainly seems that few copies of the original edition appear to have survived, its relatively small print run (1,000 copies) its size, and fragile paper binding having made it susceptible to damage.
Very good in original illustrated vellum boards, light wear to covers, light cracking to spine, one of 1,000 numbered copies (this example is #384). Quite uncommon.