Kokoschka, Oskar (1886-1980) Die Traumenden Knaben. Vienna: Wiener Werkstatte, 1908.
Oblong quarto, first edition of Kokoschka's first illustrated book, from an edition of 500 copies; ten leaves, with eight full-color, full-paged lithographs and two smaller black and white lithographs on the two preliminary leaves, publisher's cloth, Japanese-style cord binding, with another illustration set into the front board, binding somewhat rubbed, ownership inscriptions of Jean Reti Forbes (1911-1972), concert pianist; and Rudolph Reti (1885-1957), musicologist and composer on ffep; 9 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.
The Dreaming Boys was conceived by the artist as a children's book, and the large expanses of flat, graphic color and bold outline evoke the genre. However, Kokoschka's angular nudes in expressions of longing and despair seem more appropriate for mature audiences.