This auction is for a complete set of 11 prints by artist Seigfried Reinhardt, a German born contemporary artist who had a prolific career of 40 plus years, and unfortunately passed away in 1984 at the age of 59.Encylopedia Brittanica commissioned him to produce a set of lithographs for the 15th edition of the encyclopedia in 1974. Reprinted below is the result of the research their staff did on my behalf and emailed to me: Old notes and memos indicate that an artist by the name of Sigfried Reinhardt was commissioned by the company to create a series of lithographs for the publication of the 15th edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica in 1974.
Reproductions of these lithographs were included in a volume called the Propaedia in limited-edition sets of Britannica with special, high-quality bindings. Production of one of these (the Collector's Edition) was limited to 999 sets, and the the other special edition was limited to 9,000 sets (numbered from 1,000 to 10,000).
The primary purpose of the aforesaid Propaedia was to provide an outline for the study of human knowledge, which is broken into ten catagories. Reinhardt's drawings preceded the volume's opening essay "Circle of Learning" and each essay that introduced the aforesaid ten suggested divisions of human knowledge: Matter and energy; The Earth; Life on Earth; Human Life; Human society; Art; Technolo ... read more