The editor of the series and also the editor of some volumes was Emil Schaeffer . The trained art historian Schaeffer designed a book series that, with the increased possibilities of photography and reproduction technology, wanted to serve the changed reading behavior and buying behavior of an audience that, according to a publisher's brochure, has to be tight with seconds, has no more time to study learned readers and therefore quickly , but still want to be taught well . The focus of the volumes should be instruction and eye candy with excellent photographs. In terms of content, in contrast to the series Die Blauen Bücher published by Langewiesche since 1912, the books at Orell Füssli should have a distinct reference to the present. Six themes were identified when planning the series: culture and society; Art, film and theater; Technology and architecture; Sport and physical culture; Man and race; Nature and research, the size and external design should be uniform, the subject groups were given a color code on the spine of the book.
The graphic artist Willy Burger was (probably) won as a book designer . The volumes are in half-linen, the book cover is illustrated with photos, the back cover is covered with gray-brown paper. The colored linen spine bore information about the author and the short title and the serial abbreviation SB and the volume number on the base . Some volumes differed in format. The volumes were covered with a transparent cellophane envelope when they were sold. The first edition of the volumes is not known; it is assumed to be between 6,000 and 12,000. Few volumes received a (identifiable) reprint. The unit price was 3 francs, or 2.40 Reichsmarks or 4.30 shillings.
The volumes had a text section between 16 and 24 pages and a photo section with 56 to 90 illustrations with explanations. The explanations of the pictures were sometimes written by different authors than the texts. In the majority of the volumes, the photos are not from a single photographer, but the publisher provided the photos from photographers, archives and agencies on a topic-related basis.
The publisher was able to license volumes 6, 17, 28, 30, 31 and 33, they were published in the English version by Routledge under the series title Seen by the Camera .
The effects of the global economic crisis led Orell Füssli-Verlag to discontinue the series, the publisher Zutt was dismissed, the publisher Schaeffer returned to Germany. The remainders were halved prices sold off .
At the same time as the start of the Schaubücher series , Orell-Füssli-Verlag began the What Jungens Tell series , in which fifteen volumes were published by 1933 that were written by young authors and photographers and aimed at a young readership. The first volumes were translated licensed editions from the American.
- 1 The daily work of a Pope . 84 images, initiated by PM War. 1929
- 2 The Russian revolutionary film . 67 pictures, introduced by AW Lunatscharsky , to the pictures of Leo Hirsch
- 3 Technical beauty . 64 pictures, introduced and explained by Hanns Günther : Photo u. a. W. Roerts, EO Hoppe and Albert Renger-Patzsch . 1929
- 4 Olympic winter sports . 68 images, introduced by Carl Joseph Luther . 1929
- 5 women of the Orient . 64 pictures, introduced by Ewald Banse . 1929
- 6 The beautiful animal . 64 pictures, introduced and explained by Friedrich Schnack . With recordings by Hedda Walther . 1929
- 7 At the courts of the Maharajas . 64 pictures, taken and explained by Alice Schalk . 1929
- 8 Old Masters from the Basel Art Collection . 70 pictures, introduced, explained by HA Schmid . 1930
- 9 New ways in hotel construction, Hotel Alpina and Hotel Edelweiß Murren, project and construction management Arnold Itten . 57 pictures, introduced and explained by Walter Amstutz . 1929
- 10 Football, the world sport . 69 images, introduced by Willy Meisl . 1930
- 11 hands and what they say . 64 pictures, introduced and explained by Adolf Koelsch . 1929
- 12 The Lüneburg Heath . 64 pictures, introduced by Emil Schaeffer . 1929
- 13 Holy Places in the Bible . 62 pictures, introduced by Theodor Däubler , explained by Alb. Gsell. 1929
- 14 Liberated living . 85 pictures, explained by Siegfried Giedion . 1929
- 15 giant buildings in North America . 64 images, introduced and explained by Frank Washburn. 1930
- 17 Negro types from the black continent . 65 pictures, introduced by M.Gehrts Schomburgk . 1930
- 18 contemporary dancers . 57 pictures, explained by Fred Hildenbrandt . 1931
- 19 Sun, moon and the planets . 70 pictures, introduced and explained by Peter Stuker. 1931
- 20 Attic places of worship . 56 pictures, introduced by Emil Waldmann , explained by Walter Hege and Emil Schaeffer. 1931
- 21 Gottfried Keller's living space . 75 pictures, introduced by Eduard Korrodi . 1930
- 23 The last face . 76 pictures, introduced by Egon Friedell . 1929
- 24 Franz Schubert and his group . 68 images, introduced by Felix von Weingartner . 1929
- 25 dog breeds - pedigree dogs . 89 pictures, introduced by (Theodor) Knottnerus-Meyer. 1929
- 26 “Weekend” - and what you need for it . 71 pictures, introduced and explained by Adolf Behne . 1931
- 27 A ghetto in the east, Vilna . 65 pictures by M. Vorobeichic , introduced by Salman Chneour. 1931 (The Schaubuch was available in three different editions; German / Hebrew, German / Yiddish and English / Hebrew. A reprint of the German / Hebrew edition was published by Frölich & Kaufman in 1984).
- 28 From China and Chinese . 64 pictures and text by Heinz von Perckhammer . 1931
- 29 Nias, the island of idols - pictures from the western island of the island . 66 pictures, introduced by Paul Wirz . 1931
- 30 The face of the beast . 65 pictures, introduced and explained by Adolf Koelsch . 1931
- 31 The male body . 59 pictures, introduced by Emil Schaeffer , explained by Eugen Matthias. 1931
- 32 Goethe and the Goethe sites . 88 pictures, introduced by Rudolf Pechel . 1931
- 33 Hollywood the way it really is . 61 pictures, introduced and explained by Erwin Debries. 1930
- 36 Over Switzerland in a zeppelin . 55 pictures, introduced by Hans von Schiller , pictures by Ernst Erwin Haberkorn. 1930
- 37 Richard Wagner and Bayreuth . 84 images, introduced by Oscar Bie . 1931
- 38 Davos - the sunny city in the high mountains . 82 pictures, introduced by Kasimir Edschmid . 1931
- 39 Illuminated bodies . 81 pictures, introduced and explained by Karl Döhmann . 1931
- 40 The Rhine from the Alps to the sea . 67 pictures, introduced by Hermann von Wedderkop , explained by Emil Schaeffer . 1931
- 41 Do X - the largest flying ship in the world . 73 pictures, introduced by Claudius Dornier , explained by Erich Tilgenkamp. 1931
- 43 The Reichstag meets . 72 images, introduced by Paul Kirschner. 1931
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Nine titles were planned by the publisher and announced with an issue number.
- 16 The design language of plants
- 20 Technical highlights
- 22 The face of the flowers
- 34 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- 34 The Witteisbachers
- 35 The ocean ship - shape and purpose
- 38 Three great film comedians
- 39 Oberammergau and its Passion Play
- 42 Istanbul - Constantinople, then and now
- Stefan Kern: The Schaubücher: a series of books by Orell Füssli Verlag: Zurich . In: Librarium. Journal of the Swiss Bibliophile Society, 39 (1996), Issue 1. pp. 59–66 PDF
- Timm Starl: "Look books" A picture book series 1929-1932 , in: photo story , issue 61, 1996, pp 47-58
- Roland Jaeger: In contrast to the reader. The “Schaubücher” series from Orell Füssli Verlag, Zurich . In: Manfred Heiting, Roland Jaeger (Hrsg.): Autopsy. German-language photo books 1918 to 1945. Volume 1 . Steidl, Göttingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-86930-412-0 , pp. 314–331
- German National Library . copy at the
- The presentation is based on Roland Jaeger: Contrary to the reading book , 2012
- Publishing prospectus, quoted by Timm Starl: "Schaubücher" , 1996, p. 47
- Hans-Peter Wittwer: Burger, Willy. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .
- Roland Jaeger: Pictures for young and old. Children in photo books and photos in children's books . In: Manfred Heiting, Roland Jaeger (Hrsg.): Autopsy. German-language photo books 1918 to 1945. Volume 1. Steidl, Göttingen 2012, ISBN 978-3-86930-412-0 , pp. 364–381, here p. 374