Publisher Information: Munich: J. F. Bergmann, 1924.
Plastische Anatomie: Die konstruktive Form des menschlichen Körpers. Illustrated by Mollier and Hermann Sachs (1883-1940). vii, 296pp. Munich: J. F. Bergmann, 1924. 285 x 225 mm. Original cloth, dust-jacket (somewhat worn and chipped, with a few tears, tape stains and tape repairs). Presentation Inscription from Sachs to Italian-American artist Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano (1901-2001) on the title: “With compliments to P. G. Napolitano Herman Sachs 1926.” Napolitano’s signature on the front free endpaper. With: Sachs, Hermann. 22 sheets of his original drawings for Mollier’s work, in 2 gatherings of 12 and 10 sheets, plus circa 65 torn fragments of anatomical drawings on tissue, in manila envelope addressed to Mrs. P. G. Napolitano. Pencil and colored pencil with captions in ink. Gatherings measure approx. 310 x 240 mm. Some smudging, marginal tears in several leaves. Very good.
First Edition. Mollier trained at the Munich Anatomical Institute, eventually becoming its director. He taught the Institute’s anatomy course for artists for over four decades, and in 1924 published his Plastische Anatomie, “a sophisticated, groundbreaking work . . . which even today makes its claim to leadership not only for art students but also for medical professionals. Epoch-making were [Mollier’s] precise functional analyses of the movements of the human shoulder girdle, the opening movement of the mouth and the structure of the anterior abdominal wall” (Deutsche Biographie; translation ours).
Hermann Sachs, the illustrator of Mollier’s work, was one of the leading German Expressionist artists of the first half of the 20th century. He spent the 1910s in Munich, where he founded the Munich School of Expressionists and no doubt became acquainted with Mollier. He moved to Los Angeles in 1925 and designed the interiors of many landmark Los Angeles buildings, including Union Station and the Los Angeles City Hall. Sachs presented this copy of Plastische Anatomie, along with the accompanying original drawings, to another well-known Southern California artist, Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano. Garrison-Morton.com 13680. “Mollier, Siegfried.”Deutsche Biographie, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, 14 Jan. 2022.Book Id: 46483