MANUAL PROFESSIONS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE 19TH CENTURY.
30 Werkstätten von Handwerkern.
Auflage. Stuttgart und Esslingen, J.F. Schreiber und Schill, n.d. [towards 1850].
Large 4to [345 x 217 mm] of 12 pp., 30 plates on double-page, (2) ll. One loose plate.
Preserved in its original illustrated boards, spine in grey cloth, front cover framed with a large border decorated with tools and in the middle of which is a central scene with 2 characters melting down metal in a kiln. A few signs of wear and rubbing. Editor’s boards.
Very rare and sought-after collection, entirely contemporary colored, presenting 30 craftsmen’s workshops from the middle of the 19th century in the form of an animated central scene encircled with lateral margins illustrating the main tools and manufactured goods of the represented professions.
The depicted professions in the 30 colored double-page lithographs are the following ones:
-1. Töpfer (potter),
-2. Steinhauer und Maurer (architect and bricklayer),
-3 a. Hufschmied (blacksmith),
-3 b. Vagelschmied,
-4. Schlosser (locksmith),
-5. Kupferschmied (boiler-maker),
-7. Messerschmied (cutler),
-9. Glockengiesser (iron master for bells),
-10. Zirkel-und Zengschmied (compasses maker),
-11. Gold-und Silberarbeiter (goldsmith),
-12. Zimmermann (carpenter),
-13. Tischler (cabinetmaker),
-14. Wagner (cartwright),
-15. Küfer (cooper),
-16. Dreher (turner),
-17. Fleischer (butcher),
-18. Bäcker (baker),
-19. Seiler (ropemaker),
-21. Gerber (tanner),
-22. Schuhmacher (shoe maker),
-23. Sattler (saddler),
-24. Bürstenbinder (brush maker),
-25. Tuchmacher (cloth manufacturer),
-26. Schneider (tailor),
-27. Hutmacher (hater),
-28. Weber (weaver),
-29. Buchbinder (bookbinder).
The central scenes measure 170 x 215 mm.
This collection is of the utmost rarity. It is even more difficult to find with the title-leaf and the explanatory text. Each profession is described at the beginning of the collection in a long paragraph which comprises the captions of the various elements drawn in the margins of the plates.
Very pure, the contemporary colors remained very bright.
A precious collection preserved in its very elegant illustrated editor’s boards.