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ALVERMANN, Dirk.
Keine Experimente. Bilder zum Grundgesetz [No Experiments. Pictures for the Basic Law].
Berlin: Eulenspiegel Verlag, 1961.
£675

(198 × 137 mm), pp.[136]. 74 black-and-white photographs. Plain endpapers. Photo-illustrated paper-covered boards, illustration of a camera and an owl to rear cover; preliminary and end pages lightly toned due to quality of paper used, light offsetting to title page and opposite from publisher’s bookmark which is laid in. Laminate lifting at hinges and in a few other places. Alvermann’s signature in pencil to title page. A very good copy.

First edition, signed. ‘Keine Experimente’ was a slogan used by Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Adenauer espoused a practical approach to politics which appealed to the German people who had grown weary with the ideologies and uncertainties of the war years. He remained in office between 1949 and 1963, and oversaw the rapid period of post-war German economic growth. Alvermann’s book is concerned with the changes in attitude and consumerism that were brought about in West Germany as a result of these free-market principles. The photographs were taken between 1956 and 1961, they are juxtaposed with the first 9 articles of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Basic Law is in effect the Constitution of West Germany. When the articles were drafted in 1949 it was decided that the term Verfassung [Constitution] would not be used as it was seen as being a provisional document which would be replaced by the constitution of a future united Germany. In 1966 Alvermann moved from West to East Berlin.

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