(July, 1905). 410 x 315 mm. (16 x 12 3/4").  leaves.
VERY IMPRESSIVE CONTEMPORARY PIGSKIN over wooden boards, ELABORATELY DECORATED IN GILT AND ENAMEL, raised and hatched gilt border with tangent cornerpieces of gilt (including curled ribbons in relief) and red, white, and blue enamel, the decoration in a stylized rococo manner, this frame around a central sunken lobed panel with a similarly enameled and gilded armorial centerpiece with royal crown and cipher, decorative tassels made of gilt thread. Very elaborate red calligraphic initials. The text in red and blue Fraktur with decorative border in black; third leaf signed in ink by each of the city fathers and stamped with the seal of Gurahumora. Some trivial soiling to pigskin, equally trivial pinpoint foxing internally, but a very pleasing specimen of this genre of grand acknowledgement, in fine overall condition, and with gilt and enamel extraordinarily bright and clean.
This unique, ornate item is a proclamation by the municipality of Gurahumora thanking its governor, Prince Konrad, for promoting the town's interests. It is beautifully written out and covered in a style grandiose enough for royalty. Konrad Maria Eusebius Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst (1863-1918) was an Austrian aristocrat and one of the most prominent politicians in the Austro-Hungarian empire of his time. During the years 1904-06, he was governor of the three Crown lands of the Austrian Littoral, which included Trieste, its capital. Prior to Prince Konrad's intercession with Emperor Franz Joseph I on its behalf in March of 1905, Gurahumora was a backwater marketplace. Through the prince's efforts, the town had its municipal status officially upgraded, and here the civic leaders humbly extend their thanks. Our binding is a minor monument of royal Teutonic grandeur, the bright white, blood-red, and sky-blue enamel work vivid, well wrought, and appropriately splendid. It is an altogether appealing example suggestive of imperial grandeur prior to the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian empire in World War I and its subsequent collapse. (CJW1305)
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PJP Catalog: 71.198