(Darmstadt: L. C. Wittich, 1831). 155 x 93 mm. (6 1/8 x 3 3/4"). VIII, 532,  pp.
VERY PRETTY GREEN MOROCCO BY S. STIEBEL (ticket on recto of free endpaper) WITH INSET CANVAS PANELS on covers EMBROIDERED IN PETIT POINT with a flower at center enclosed by a leafy lozenge, with an umbrella-like bloom above and below, all worked in shades of green, yellow, and pink, raised bands with gilt rules, spine panels with blind-stamped floral ornament, gilt titling, gilt-rolled turn-ins, green endpapers, all edges gilt. Corners and ends of spine a little rubbed, occasional offsetting in text bed, but A FINE SPECIMEN, the embroidered panels clean and well preserved, the binding sound, and the text clean and fresh.
This pocket-sized German hymnal comes in a charming binding that at one time made a fetching accessory to a fortunate lady's Sunday best. The ticket here states that the book was bound by S. Stiebel in Marburg, but we have been unable to trace an artisan by that name in the usual sources. The petit point panels, though appealing, were not produced by an expert needle-worker; it seems possible that this binder took panels furnished by the person who ordered the binding (perhaps as a gift?) and incorporated them into the covers. However it came about, the binding is usual and quite pleasing. (ST15428)
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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.021