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Das Jahr und seine Kinder (The Year and its Children).
Dusseldorf J. v. Breidenbach (c. 1880's) Folio. 13 ff., plus a 13ff. portfolio of lithographs. Thirteen original ink-and-watercolor illustrations on vellum by Frau Allwine Schroedker for a published nineteenth-centrury calendar. Each leaf shows a poetic quotation in calligraphy under the name of the month, elaborately hand-illuminated in colors and gold. February's child is a golden-haired fairy amid masses of spring flowers. May shows a courting couple in a bower of seasonal blooms. September's golden letters form a gothic arbor, with a young couple climbing to pick grapes. With exquisite workmanship, Frau Schroedker has combined complex interlace and foliage with detailed, realistic flowers, fruit, and figures to make these designs. The colors glow against the vellum. The title illustration shows an allegorical figure of the year: a veiled woman with a globe, with twelve little children playing in the folds of her gown. The vellum sheets, each measuring 11 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches, are very fine, each individually matted, in a specially-made quarter-vellum drop-back box. The accompanying lithograph portfolio of the published work, lacking the months of April, August, and September, is in cloth, decoratively stamped in gold and black, showing light wear and soil.
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