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 .
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
“ 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)