([Germany(?): ca. 1850]). 150 x 100 mm. (5 7/8 x 4"). [21] leaves (10 of which are blank).

Charming 19th century green morocco-backed PAPER BOARDS WITH TWO DIFFERENT ORIGINAL INK WASH SCENES, the paintings framed with gilt onlay, smooth spine with gilt dotted rules, fore edge with four morocco loops held closed by a removable ivory stylus, silk endpapers, each pastedown fashioned into a pocket.
With nine full-page images (some colored) and two tail-pieces, all clipped from elsewhere and pasted down. First and last leaves with pen and pencil notations in a contemporary hand (illegible). A touch of soiling to covers, extremities with a little wear, one loop with a bit of loss, front hinge cracked (probably from a few leaves or a quire being removed?), but in remarkably good condition for the material used, the watercolors quite fine, both in terms of preservation and execution.

A little work of art, this unusual binding features two lovely ink-wash paintings of ruins and rural locales, probably by a talented amateur. With its blank pages and pocketed pastedowns, it was undoubtedly intended as a keepsake or souvenir for the owner to fill with mementos, notes, and items of personal significance. The owner of this volume chose to fill it with clipped images from various sources, including religious, literary, and mythological subject matter. But the binding is the attraction here, being well executed, beautifully preserved, and very appealing to the eye.

Keywords: Scrapbook, Keepsake

Add to Cart Price: $750.00

PJP Catalog: ELIST 10.008


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