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Very early Stammbuch, Salzwedel, April 18, 1807
Salzwedel, 1809. An extremely early Stammbuch with beautiful and accompished original artwork with entries between 1807 and 1817, with most 1809-1813. Original oblong calf with gilt tooling on covers and spine, with the date 1807 and initials C.E.S. Original patterned endpapers. 131 numbered pages with 100 entries and 20 illustrations including 12 superb watercolors and gouaches, a pinprick image, an intricate lock of braided blond hair, two embroidered designs: one whole-page on silk attached and the other woven into the page with designs appearing on both leaves, copious fine calligraphy, poems, salutations and the like. Extremely well preserved, this Stammbuch predates by nearly two decades any in the famed MKI (Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies) which contains many fine examples of Stammbucher. Particularly richly illustrated with nice provenance from Salzwedel as well as Mount Pearl, Selchow, Wittenberg and many of Berlin. Among the remarkably beautiful watercolors and gouache paintings, there is a view of a mill on the river by the Brandenburg painter Carl Rothig, a 'Temple of Love' by Johann Theune, a friendship oath at the altar of Amicitia, sevearl bouguets of flowers in bright colors, etc. A power-packed album with most of its original leaves present, a few finger stains and wear, overall very good condition.
      [Bookseller: Nudelman Rare Books ]
Last Found On: 2013-05-12           Check availability:      ABAA    

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