A. V. (Augustae Vindelicorum) = Augsburg, n.d. [c. 1730].
84 engravings in contemporary coloring, bound in two folio volumes : I/ 40 engravings cut and pasted on a very thick paper; II/ 44 plates, few small stains and creasing in some margins, small restoration in the lower corner of a plate touching the caption. Light-brown quarter morocco, red edges. Later binding.
Dimensions of the pages : 385 x 290 mm.
Dimensions of the engravings : 310 to 375 mm high and 207 to 245 mm wide.
First edition and first issue of this extraordinary baroque collection of 84 engravings in superb contemporary coloring representing men and women dressed with the tools of their profession. The engravings are signed by A. Degmeier, P. F. Engelbrecht, C. F. Hörmann, Kösler, J. F. Schmit, J. Stelzer.
Martin Engelbrecht engraver, born in Augsburg in 1684, died in the same city in 1756 , is the brother of Christian Engelbrecht. He illustrated like him numerous works. Among these are : La guerre de succession espagnole, and Les Architectes princiers, by P. Decker. He also executed 92 views of Venice and 192 rocaille engravings representing men and women dressed with the tools of their profession. This famous set, created almost three centuries ago, was already very rare in contemporary coloring at its time of publication, and became even rarer during the following centuries because of the passion for this exceptional work that reminded the professions of Larmessin executed shortly before. Since the 19th century, amateurs had to get used to collect these engravings per unit and to have them framed. Even reduced to the unit, they tend to disappear from the market. To present such a set of 84 engravings in contemporary coloring nowadays at the beginning of the 21th century is a bibliophilic privilege.
17,18, 21, 22, 30, 41, 42, 45, 46, 57-59, 61,69, 73,74, 79,80, 101, 102, 137, 138, 157-164, 175, 176, 180-184 u, 187-189, sowie im Album montiert 13, 25, 26, 31-34, 43, 44, 47, 48, 51, 52, 55, 56, 77, 78, 83-88, 97, 98, 109, 110, 123, 124, 129, 130, 141-148, 151, 152, 155, 156 u. 1 unn. The costumes represent a Brush manufacturer, a Turner, a Shoemaker, a Bookbinder, a Locksmith, a Watchmaker, a Butcher, a Sculptor, a Cartier,a Image saleswoman, etc.
Precious outstanding collection preserved in its original coloring.