Title Album Amicorum. Der Freundschaft gewidmet von Julie Bühler
Book Condition Very Good
Publisher Berlin, Leipzig, etc. 1829-1830
Seller ID 004857
An especially interesting, lovely box, with two sets of flaps cut on the diagonal and falling both below and above the top lid, and an outer box to house this box. The inner box is 16 by 10 cm, an it has mounted marbled papers set off at their edges by gilt ruling and a thin ornamental band within. The contents are mostly typical verse rendered in a somewhat inscrutable German cursive, but there are four cards with color illustrations. The most outstanding is an original Romantic-style watercolor of a classical ruin by a waterfall and the backs of two men in period coats. A second card has a cut out of flowers in a toile planter. The hand-coloring and the arrangement itself is quite charismatic. Third is a pen and ink precise drawing of a stringed instrument leaning against a planter, and finally, there is a doily card with a hand-colored seraph and a flap under which verse rendered in Gothic type. This last piece has edge damage to its delicate tracery work. There are eleven cards of verse. Light to moderate wear.