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Gustav Schilling, Beethoven-Album

Extravagant Binding
Ducal Crown

Beethoven Jubilé
10th–12th August 1845

Beethoven – Schilling, G. (ed.). BEETHOVEN-ALBUM. (A Commemorative Book of Grateful Love and Veneration for the Great Deceased, endowed and described by an Association of Artists and Art Lovers from France, England, Italy, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, and Russia.) Stuttgart, Hallberger’sche Verlagshandlung, together with Paris, Bureau central de musique, London, Ewer & Co., Milan, G. Ricordi, (1846). Sm. 4to (10¼ × 7¼ in [26 × 18.5 cm]). 2 ll. preliminary matter, XVI, 312 pp. With portrait frontispiece in steel engraving. Contemp. ducal Bavarian red velvet with white moiré inner covers/fly-leaves & rich roundabout ornaments of musically elated arabesque on both covers & back together with ducal crown supralibros on the front cover ,

all  in  applied  shining  gilt  metal  sheet .

Gilt edges.

Ducal  Bavarian  “desirable  provenance  copy”

(Löffler-Kirchner) with library number 3973 on label at the lower back. – Partially faintly foxing, only occasionally slightly spoilingly more, among which title and the portrait printed by J. Niederbüll in Stuttgart. The extravagant binding rubbed conditioned on the velvet and the back paled. Gilt edges as the metal sheet embossing and particularly the raised ducal crown of unbroken radiation.

Of  greatest  rarity  on  the  market

as obviously copies becoming available found their way like lemmings into the Beethovenhaus in Bonn where currently six copies are assembled. Up to provenances like Wegeler and Bodmer. However, to what extent among those items

a  that  extravagantly  bound  one  as  the  present  shines

of  ducal  Bavarian  provenance

may remain an open question. Coming down therefore to Jean-Louis Dumas-Hermès’ recommendation based on intimacy with the exquisite

“ Postpone  nothing  to  the  other  day . One  shall  do  it  today … and  not  wait  until  retirement . For  then

the  quite  particular  item

I  saw  at  the  antiquary  yesterday  is  gone ”.

Offer no. 15,579 / price on application

to  the  extensive  detail  description

The Red Series - a creation of lüder h. niemeyer

“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”

(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)