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Austrian Album with original pencil drawings - - 1841. 
Salzburg, Wien, etc., 1841-1845. Full Leather Box. Very Good. Oblong, 9 by 16 cm. 24 leaves of content, 12 of which have original artwork. Two of the specimens of artwork are delicate folk art-ish cut-outs -- one, a seraph surrounded by a wreath, the other, a brown tree. The rest are pencil drawings, a few qualifying as exquisite miniatures. Of these, one is of a bridge and castle, another, a lodge atop a hill -- this one being executed with a folk art sensibility. One of the remaining images is of a barefoot beggar in a long coat. Especially pleasing to us is a drawing of a dagger of sorts inserted diagonally through a laurel. Such albums would appear incomplete without the requisite tombstone or monument and landscape with ruins, and both are present here. The album overall is fairly typical of the more attractive sort of Biedermeier period album amicorum. In this case, the box is especially lovely, with its inlays of red leather and extensive gilt ornamentation, not to mention its gilt edging. Also some blank sheets, with a ribbon pull housed within. Moderate wear generally.
[Bookseller: White Fox Rare Books and Antiques]
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