Publisher: München (Munich): Schirmer/Mosel, 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 101872
First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine khaki silk cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in white on cover and spine, with photographically illustrated dust jacket (including excerpted text in English). Photographs by Laurenz Berges. Introduction (in German) by Michael Lentz. Includes a list of plates (in German). 108 pp., with 48 four-color plates beautifully printed in Germany by Passavia, Passau. 9-3/8 x 12 inches.
New in publisher's shrink-wrap.
From the introduction by Michael Lentz: "[Berges'] interest focuses firmly on rooms and houses that have been abandoned by their erstwhile inhabitants or users...[in] the ghost villages between Cologne and Aachen -- dwellings and detached homes that were left empty as the excavators in the open-cast lignite mines closed in on them...He has dedicated [this] volume to one of those abandoned villages, Etzweiler. The barren relics attesting to a former human presence stand for past lives lived, speaking their own utterly minimalist language: the naked walls in rooms, faded flowery wallpaper, dusted built-in cupboards, grass that is starting to grow between the slabs of asbestos cement..."