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Album with green felt binding and silver foil onlays and original artwork within
1 Album with green felt binding and silver foil onlays and original artwork within
Salzburg, Austria 1813-1815 Felt. Decorated paper slipcase. Very Good 
Oblong, 9 by 14 cm. 12 leaves, a few with content on both sides, and each having an artwork of some kind. Five of these are watercolors applied directly to the paper (we would say original watercolors, although two are common images and so might well be copies), one pencil drawing, four hand-colored prints, one cut-out silhouette, and arguably the most interesting of all, embroidery into the paper, with the image thus on both sides of the paper (we are counting this as one piece). We would describe the album as a fairly typical example of a Germanic album amicorum of the period -- the Napoleonic era, or more loosely, the Biedermeier period -- with the textual entries written invariably in neat yet now inscrutable hands -- the style of cursive writing is now obscure. The original pictorial content is also of a high quality, not that that is also not fairly typical of the genre. Again, we would consider the embroidered specimen, which is of folk art-ish flowers and a hummingbird and sun, as the most unique. Other imagery is of flowers, a bucolic landscape, a funereal landscape with an urned monument at its center, as the norm. In fact, the silhouette is also a roughly similar funereal landscape. The other special aspect of this album is the green felt binding. The centerpieces are of a Roman chariots made of silver foil -- there is a slight variation to the image between the front and the rear cover, and around the perimeter of both sides is a silver foil tracery of flowers contained within a narrow band. The slipcase, which is also period, has also restrained classical decoration, in this case the center pictorial cameo is of seraphs. The slipcase is moderately soiled, and there is wear to the album itself. Minor loss to the silver foil. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Almanach för Året Ester Frälsarens Christi Födelse, 1838.  Till Stockholms Horizont,  belägen wid 59 grad. 20 1/2 . . .
2 Almanach för Året Ester Frälsarens Christi Födelse, 1838. Till Stockholms Horizont, belägen wid 59 grad. 20 1/2 . . .
Stockholm P. A. Norstedt & Söner 1837 First edition Hardcover. Paper pastedown. Very Good 
Scarce, with only copy found on OCLC at the National Library of Sweden. 16mo. 107 by 88 mm. Unpaginated, 48 pp. Four hand-colored plates depicting a young couple. The plates capture the Biedermeier, high Romantic, sensibility perfectly. Lovely paper pastedown binding, with intricate combining of decorative motives we associate with the period. Moderate wear to the cover, with a distinct diagonal crease line in the upper corner. Still a handsome binding. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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Austrian Album with original pencil drawings and cut-outs
3 Austrian Album with original pencil drawings and cut-outs
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. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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Spiele und Vergnügungen der kindlich-frohen Mädchen im ersten Alter.  Ein unterhaltendes Bilderbuch mit kurzen Erzählungen und 18 schön colorirten Kupfern. Jeux et Amusemens des Filles en Bas-Âge.  Libre composé d’historiettes courtes et amusantes, et orné de 18 gravures coloriées.
4 Spiele und Vergnügungen der kindlich-frohen Mädchen im ersten Alter. Ein unterhaltendes Bilderbuch mit kurzen Erzählungen und 18 schön colorirten Kupfern. Jeux et Amusemens des Filles en Bas-Âge. Libre composé d’historiettes courtes et amusantes, et orné de 18 gravures coloriées.
Wien H. F. Müller First edition Hardcover Near Fine 
N.d., circa 1820. 12mo. 11.5 by 9.5 cm. ii, 72 pp. 18 hand-colored engraved plates, one for each of the short stories or exegeses within which describes a suitable activity or profession, including reading, sewing, knitting, singing, dancing, guitar playing, playing with a doll, ironing, playing with a pet, kitchen work, etc. The stories are all rendered in both German and French. The illustrations are the epitome of Biedermeier loveliness and charm. Later patterned paper pastedown on boards. Scarce, with copies at Melbourne and Middelburg, and a later Danish edition mentioned on OCLC, whose similarity to this one we do not know. (The Danish edition would also appear bi-lingual, with the text in Danish and German.) 
Price: 1750.00 USD
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5 Fritzi Low, illustrator Singt und liebt. Ein altmodischer Kalender fur das Jahr 1920
Wien Anton Schroll & Co. Druck: Chrisoph Reisser & Sohne 1919 First edition Paper pastedown on boards Fine 
16mo. 12.5 by 10 cm. With 12 color lithographs of Biedermeier era figures done in a simple, naive manner that is suffused with charm. The month's days are on the facing page, and in the table are listed the saint honored on that day and for Protestants, a name of significance for the day. In between each month there are two pages with a two toned flesh colored design containing vignettes suggestive of the month to come. The leaves are of a durable, thick card. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Biedermeier-Wünsche... Fünfzig Kleinfolio-Tafeln in Licht-u. Farbendruck nebst illustriertem Text, Pazaurek, Gustav E.
6 Pazaurek, Gustav E. Biedermeier-Wünsche... Fünfzig Kleinfolio-Tafeln in Licht-u. Farbendruck nebst illustriertem Text
Stuttgart Julius Hoffmann 1908 First Limited Edition Cloth folder Near Fine 
No. 165 of 400 copies. Oblong, 26.5 by 33.5 cm. Booklet, running 25 pages, and 50 separate or loose plates, each with a number of images of Biedermeier cards, especially those with movable parts, and other ephemera from that period. One plate with color chromolithographic images; otherwise, the plates are in black and white. This is the indispensable and go-to source still for Biedermeier cards. Biedermeier relates to a period of general stability in Europe between Napoleon's defeat in 1815 and the Revolution of 1848 and specifically pertains to the Teutonic world (the German-speaking areas) where the upper bourgeois was culturally ascendant and superceding Royal and aristocratic patronage as the engine of high cultural development. The Biedermeier cards were a rage, with their intricate, clever mechanisms and pretty hand-colored imagery. Light wear to the outer folio folder. Generally clean. 
Price: 600.00 USD
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