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Erläuterungen der in Kupfer gestochenen Vorstellungen, aus der Geschichte der Reichstadt Augsburg. In historischen Briefen an ein Frauenzimmer
Finely engraved frontis., engraved vignette on title, 11 fine chapter head-pieces, & 18 engraved plates. 1 p.l. (the frontis.), 264, [9] pp. 4to, cont. speckled half-sheep & speckled boards, orange leather lettering piece on spine, old blue painted label numbered "136" in bottom spine compartment. Augsburg: C.H. Stage, 1765 [frontis. dated "1767"]. First edition of this finely illustrated work on Augsburg, which pays particular attention to the artistic activities of the city. Stetten (1731-1808), was one of the most notable personalities of 18th-century Augsburg, active in city government and the arts. He wrote several other works on different aspects of the city, its history, and most notable residents as well as literary works. Stetten provides here not just a history of Augsburg but detailed accounts of the most important printers of the city, buildings, the leading artists, commercial and banking activities (much on the Fuggers), leading scientists and engineers, artisans, engravers, goldsmiths, collectors of art, chemists, musicians, architects, manufacturers of weapons, etc., etc. The 18 plates, each with two scenes, depict notable moments in the history of the city. Fine copy printed on thick paper. The frontispiece and the headpieces are particularly attractive. ❧ Lanckoronska-Oehler, I, 39-40 & 94-"Stetten hat nicht nur einen großen Teil der bekanntesten Stecher zur Ausschmückung des Werkes herangezogen, sondern hat auch selbst zahlreiche Landschaftsradierungen geschaffen…Die von ihm…ausführlich beschriebenen Kupfer bilden mit dem Text für das Augsburg des frühen 18. Jahrhunderts… eine aufschlußreiche Quelle.".
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