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    [Stammbuch, "book of friends" or "album book"]. Salzwedel, 1807-1817 (most entries dated between 1809 and 1813). Oblong octavo (3.75 x 6.5 inches; 95 x 165 mm). Original calf, tooled in gilt on covers and spine, red leather gilt stamped spine label, "C.E.S." gilt stamped on front board, "1807" gilt stamped on rear board; some wear and a bit rubbed, some stains and scratches, small gouge to front board, rear joint with 16 mm split, but holding. Original patterned endpapers, all edges gilt; gilt somewhat rubbed. 131 numbered pages with 100 entries and 20 illustrations including 12 superb watercolors and gouaches, a pinprick image, an intricate lock of braided blond hair, two embroidered designs: one whole-page on silk attached and the other woven into the page with designs appearing on both leaves, copious fine calligraphy, poems, salutations and the like. Well preserved, this Stammbuch predates by nearly two decades any in the famed MKI (Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies) which contains many fine examples of Stammbucher. This copy is richly illustrated with entries from Salzwedel as well as Mount Pearl, Selchow, Wittenberg, and many of Berlin. Among the remarkably beautiful watercolors and gouache paintings, the album includes a view of a mill on the river by the Brandenburg painter Carl Rothig, a 'Temple of Love' by Johann Theune, a friendship oath at the altar of Amicitia, several bouquets of flowers in bright colors, and more. A very good example of an early German autograph album book.

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