The publishing house Elisabeth Sandmann was founded in autumn 2004, its philosophy being to produce unique books with well-researched content and high-quality illustrations. The publication of Women Who Read Are Dangerous in spring 2005 gave rise to an immediate bestseller, not only in the German-language market but around the globe. The book has so far been issued in more than fifteen languages, with new partners coming on board all the time.
Our list for women, published under the slogan »Beautiful books for clever women«, currently comprises twenty-four titles, many of which have been successful in a number of countries. The most recent include the first highly illustrated book on Bauhaus women (who, unlike their male counterparts, have been almost entirely forgotten), and the first illustrated book on Chinese women, which recounts the life stories of empresses, artists, concubines, goddesses, great beauties, and politically active intellectuals (Gentle and Powerful Women of China).
We have also published a stunning book in the area of photography, which tells the story of Iren Dornier, who rebuilt his grandfather’s flying boat (the Do-24, whose maiden flight had taken place in 1937) to cross the Atlantic and embark on a world tour recorded in spectacular aerial photographs (Mission: Dream).
We have a special interest in untold life stories, many of them with Jewish backgrounds. The first of our titles in this area was The Devil’s Workshop by Adolf Burger, a survivor of the Holocaust, published in 2007. Burger tells the story of his internment in a Nazi concentration camp, during which he was forced to forge British and American banknotes, producing counterfeits of the utmost precision. The book became the basis for the film The Counterfeiters, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2008. The New York Times estimates that close to 600,000 important privately owned works of art were confiscated from European Jews on Hitler’s orders between 1933 and 1945. Our book Lost Paintings, Lost Lives focuses on twelve collectors of art and their collections, describing the lives of these farsighted individuals before the Nazis came to power, and tracing their fates and those of their collections right up to the present day. The book had huge press coverage when it came out in Germany in spring 2009 and has already had some influence on political decision makers, in that some of the works of art in question have now been restored to their rightful owners.
Elisabeth Sandmann publishes on average eight books a year, all of them designed page by page in-house. We take great pride in our creativity and our design. And it is with enormous pleasure that we see our books produced in more than fifteen countries throughout the world.
Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979) is numbered among the greatest collector personalities of the 20th century. For her a life without the inspiration of her artist and writer friends would have been just as unthinkable as a life without art per se. At the end of her life she was not only a legend, but she had stylized herself an to artificial character. With stefan moses she encountered a photographer who had the feel, the quickness and the talent to catch and shape himself special moments of her self-dramatization. He met Peggy Guggenheim in 1969 and 1974 in Venice and photographed her there at special places as well as in her private palazzo at Canal Grande (today Museum Guggenheim). The magic of the shots consists in that irony and scurrility which give the photograhies an ambiguous profundity. We see Peggy Guggenheim wearing a white fur coat and sitting on a lithic throne in the garden together with her dog (in front of this the ledgers of her deceases dogs), we see her being distorted and framed by murky lights in a mirror or in front of her 80-year-olf self; we accompany her, as she is having a seat in a riva boat having a lark and wearing on of her signature features, the starry-jagged glasses, and woolen stockings. What’s more unusual, the collector sitting in one of her gallery rooms amidst museum visitors, as if she were a visitor herself: »Are you Ms. Guggenheim?«—»No, I am not.« 100 photographs will be shown, with most of them not or rarely having been published yet. stefan moses arranged the shots by twos or threes in such a way as to open further spaces of interpretation in the view. At the same time, not only the artful temporal blend of the photographs from the encounters of 1969 and 1974 is appealing, but also the mixture of colored and monochrome-pictures.
- The many aspects of Peggy Guggenheim—private and as an artificial character
- Very special blend of color photographs and monochrome-pictures of this colorful and at the same time unpretentious woman—made by the famous photographer
- With an essay over Peggy Guggenheim by Thomas Elsen & a short talk with stefan moses
Not just since Goethe the citrus, that originates in Asia, is a symbol for Mediterranean imagination of desires and as the Golden Fruit a metaphor for luxury. All over Europe, it was—commissioned by nobility and patrician houses—the garden designers' aim to cultivate them and let them hibernate in home orangeries. Famous examples for this are the baroque gardens of the Hesperides in Nuremberg, the great Versailles Orangery, numerous gardens in England or Italy and nowadays also the collection of the orangery based on the Mainau Island. To the most important types like lemons, oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and limes numerous subspecies like clementines, bitter oranges or finger lime can be added. Many of them were immortalized by engravers and painters, sculptors and photographers. Likewise, they were revered by botanists and garden architects, cooks and medical researchers, but also by poets and fashion designers. This richly illustrated book Andreas Honegger, who cultivates a remarkable collection in his Zurich garden himself, tells the story of the citruses in a new way. In doing so, the origin and the botanic features matter as well as their relevance in literature, arts, kitchen and medicine.
- With texts written by Andreas Honegger and literary finds, quotes and recipes
- Numerous colorful illustrations, paintings, engravings and drawings
- For admirers of the Mediterranean atmosphere & sense aesthetes
Afghanistan can be a hard and cruel land, especially for women and girls. Severe restrictions imposed by the Taliban, on access to education, health care and work have made Afghan women´s lives dangerous and miserable. More than half of Afghan girls are still not in school, and, of those who are, few will stay long enough to graduate. Intimidation is commonplace; girls have been attacked and even doused with acid to be kept from attending school. It is not uncommon, especially in rural areas, for families to trade daughters into marriage or prostitution to settle debts. Women abused by their husbands or families too often end up in jail instead of their abusers.
- The book presents 22 portraits of women with courage, style, education and strength
- A unique insight told by an Afghan woman
- With approximately 60 illustrations
Luise Berg-Ehlers lively, sportfully und cleverly tells us, under which circumstances women wrote and had to write, which characters they gave rise to and which world of desire they created. Likewise, she emphasizes the phantasy potential women have succesfully yielded into these literary genres for centuries. The inducements that actuated the woman writers were, just like them, supremely diverse – from disregarding conventions with Astrid Lindgren over the drawn love for nature and animals with Beatrix Potter right up to the mastery concerning the configuration of phantastic and indeed dark adventures with J. K. Rowling, to name but a few. While books written in the German-speaking world rather confirm conventions for girls (in preparation for the live as a wife and a mother), one can find emancipatory potential in the US-American literature much more often. Also, the English and Scandinavian books often sketch their main characters as independent and self-confident human beings: A paragon for autonomy and radical scrutinzing the rules that were given by the adults is Pippi Longstocking.
- On the track of famous woman writers and their places of desire
- Re-encounter with the heroines and heroes of our childhood
- Tender, valuable design; abounding in ornamental details
A love for life! Trust, intimacy, closeness—mothers and daughters pass together through highs and lows, master crises, challenger each other … This tender and smart anthology of quotations about the unique relationship between mothers and their daughters unifies more than 40 timeless photos with witty and humorous contemplations written by both known and unknown thinkers and writers.
- A happy gift book for mothers and daughters
- With witty, jocular black-and-white photos and a smart collection of quotes
For a long time women were housebound and it was unimaginable for them to leave their homes without a male accompanying them. At the end of the 19th century this began to change as women became more self confident and dared to leave the house in order to discover the wider world of nature. This in turn meant that women required new forms of clothing for the outdoors, such as high laced boots or heavy coats. The art historian Karin Sagner takes us on a stroll through literature and painting portraying women who independently walked through parks and towns, along beaches, over meadows and on hiking paths.
- A pleasurable journey through literature, art and culture
- How women achieved liberation through walking
- Astonishing facts about the longing for freedom of the walking woman
- Richly illustrated, without any rivals
Don´t you have anything better to do than play? Young children hear this ten times a day from their parents who still believe that their children have to learn systematically. However, modern science tells us that playing is the best tool for learning and that every person is born with this spontaneous disposition. André Stern who never went to school knows exactly what he is talking about and in the book he pleads to trust the natural development of children and to let them play.
- An appeal for undisturbed playing from the bestseller author Andre Stern
- An important long overdue theme, especially in the digital age
- The importance of playing in our achievement-oriented society
Women have always been deemed more talented in the social realm. This becomes obvious not least in their passion for entertaining, which has been honed over centuries. A lady of society who invited guests into her home had to give careful attention to her elegant table decor and the presentation of the deliciously prepared dishes. What is more though, she
also – and that was the most intricate challenge – had to draw up the guest list in a way
that made everyone feel equally important and think that their counterpart was delightful company. Diplomatic prowess, political knowledge and a good education might have come in helpful as well.
Those of a more extravagant persuasion used to invite artists and writers and gave their party a theme. Luisa Casati and Marie-Hélène de Rothschild were experts in this field; Casati entertained in the nude on some occasions while the countess insisted on surreal headdresses. Elsa Maxwell, on the other hand, was neither beautiful nor rich and yet regarded as the “hostess with the mostess”. Any event she organised was a success and the snapshots of her with Salvador Dalí, Maria Callas or other members of New York’s high society show how much fun they had together. There were, however, also smaller occasions that were just as star studded, for example when Frida Kahlo prepared dinner for Diego Rivera or Leo Trotsky. Her entire tables became works of art.
Claudia Lanfranconi’s book introduces legendary hostesses from the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Mexico, whose life stories fill numerous biographies. The reader is taken on a tour to meet French salonières and millionaires from New York, ingenious artists and glamorous First Ladies. The result is a book of photographic material and biographic stories that has the makings of a bestseller.