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(Pseudo-Book – Keepsakes). Manuscript on paper, in German. "Souvenir." : , 1815–18. Oblong box (11 cm, 4.33"). [~23] ff.; illus. $450.00
Unique and enthralling collection: A loose-leaf gathering of manuscript memories, written from 1815 through 1818 in a number of different hands. The dainty half-sheets assembled here include what appear to be travelogue journal entries as well as poems (among which is a seemingly original "Sonetto" signed by Joseph Cerasoli, "cadet dans le Regt. de Drag. 5"), declarations of friendship, and illustrations. The leaves are => stored in a handsome leather-covered case lined in embossed paper, with an additional hinged internal lid bearing an embossed floral design colored in pinks, blues, and greens; the paper may well have been cut to size specifically for this case.
Three leaves here bear illustrations. One leaf incorporates a pencil sketch of a table with plate, candle, mug, and other paraphernalia; one lovely rendition of a temple with poetic caption enshrining "Freinndschaft" is signed J.B.; and one later leaf offers a watercolor of the Nödl family tombstone, the stone dated 1847, done on green paper.
It is difficult to identify the owner; a slip with the signature of Johan Daniel Scheiffele is laid in, but that hand does not appear to match the primary entries here, many of which are in => very small but decorative script. Items are written for the most part in German, with Italian and Latin also making appearances. One inscription of friendship is signed "Helveto-Gluronensis," i.e., Glarus, Switzerland, and another Sċhasburg (Sighișoara, Romania). => Closer study will likely be rewarding.
Original case covered in calf and fastened with ornate clasp, covers with gilt-stamped foliate frames partially colored in pink and green, front cover with gilt-stamped title; box with moderate rubbing overall, clasp in perfect working order. A few scattered spots of light foxing; leaves overall in clean, fresh condition. => Evocative and eminently worthy of further investigation. (41539) Please RESHELVE This.
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