“ The Koch Collection
is a European Matter ”
(Stefan Zweig, 1926)
Koch – Kinsky, Georg. (Manuscripts – Letters – Documents from Scarlatti to Stravinsky. Catalogue of the Musical Autograph Collection Louis Koch, in German.) Ed. by Marc André Souchay. Stuttgart, Hoffmann’sche Buchdruckerei Felix Krais, 1953. Sm. 4to. XXII, 361 pp. With mounted portrait frontispiece, notes examples, and
21 (6 folded) facsimile plates ,
4 of which printed on both sides. Orig. h. vellum with gilt back and gilt borderline + gilt stamped arabesque monogram LK on the front cover. Top gilt edge.
The catalogue coming up to last standards on the legendary part of the collections of the Frankfort jeweller Louis Koch (1862-1930) including acquisitions done posthumously till late in ’40s with the
Beethoven stock as ne plus ultra pièce de résistance
(for the original of the famous 1812 face mask by Franz Klein known erroneously widely as death mask, and the bust by G. Schierholz worked after that, both in the collection, too, see Kerst, [The Remembrances of Beethoven], 1913, vol. II, frontispiece + p. 341 + vol. I, plate after p. 144). – Some weak little foxspots mostly in the outermost margin/edge, only title and support paper of the portrait somewhat more as a whole, covers upper right/left quite minimally pressed, otherwise
the very fine copy of Eduard Reeser
(the Utrecht musicologist, 1908-2002) in the fine original binding with its brown covers as specific for the publishers already under their predecessor Julius Hoffmann.
Offer no. 14,593 / EUR 295. / export price EUR 280. (c. US$ 324.) + shipping
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