([Germany(?): ca. 1850]). 150 x 100 mm. (5 7/8 x 4").  leaves (10 of which are blank).
Charming 19th century green morocco-backed VELLUM 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 tailpieces, 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 boards, separation at front hinge (perhaps the result of the removal of a small number of leaves), but in very good condition--internally pleasing, the binding entirely solid, and the cover images 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. (ST14009)