Among the exhibits are works by the predominant German private presses — Bremer Presse, Janus-Presse, Cranach-Presse, Ernst-Ludwig-Presse — as well as two loans from England which were highly influential not only for the German Buchkunstbewegung: William Morris’ edition of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer for the Kelmscott Press, and a Bible edition by the Doves Press.
The title is derived from a quote by C.E. Poeschel, who likened the extremely productive period of the early 20th century to “a fertile rain after a long drought”. In 1907, Poeschel and Walter Tiemann had started the Janus-Presse in Leipzig, the first private press in Germany. The quote is set in Eckmann (Rudhard’sche Gießerei, 1900, here the digital version by Elsner+Flake), an appropriate (albeit all too obvious?) choice. The guillemets stick out for me as not exactly period correct, nor native to Eckmannschrift.