• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 301

    SACK, Albert von, Baron (d. 1828). Beschreibung einer Reise nach Surinam und des Aufenthaltes daselbst in den Jahren 1805, 1806, 1807 sowie von des Verfassers Rückkehr nach Europa über Nord-Amerika. Berlin: Haude and Spener, 1818.

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    SACK, Albert von, Baron (d. 1828). Beschreibung einer Reise nach Surinam und des Aufenthaltes daselbst in den Jahren 1805, 1806, 1807 sowie von des Verfassers Rückkehr nach Europa über Nord-Amerika. Berlin: Haude and Spener, 1818.

    2 volumes in one, 4o (270 x 213 mm). 2 additional engraved titles, 2 engraved frontispieces, 4 engraved plates (2 maps, one hand-colored botanical plate) and A FINE ORIGINAL BOTANICAL WATERCOLOR SIGNED "Schwechten fec." A PRESENTATION BINDING of contemporary red morocco gilt, edges gilt, with blue endpapers stamped in gilt: "Ihro Koeniglichen Hoheit der Prinzessin Charlotte of Prussia in tiefster Ehrfurcht überreicht von dem Verfasser, 1817" (some rubbing to joints and edges). Provenance: PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF PRUSSIA, later ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA EMPRESS OF RUSSIA (1798-1860; binding and armorial bookplates on front and rear pastedowns).

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, FROM THE LIBRARY ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA, BORN PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF PRUSSIA. The first part describing the first voyage between 1805-1807, although written in German, it was first published in English (see previous lot). The second part contains a narrative of the author's second expedition from 1810-1812. The travel account is in the form of letters. Next to the description of the Dutch colony of Surinam, the author relates his return to Europe "by Way of North America." He visits Barbados, St. Lucia Martinique etc. and the east Coast of North America including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York from where he returned to Europe. The frontispiece, the engraved title-vignette and one plate in the first volume are from the English edition. Alexandra Feodorovna, became Empress-Consort upon her husband's accession as Czar Nicholas I on December, 1825, her son Czar Alexander II was born in 1818. She died in 1860 at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo. It is possible that the watercolor is by Friedrich Wilhelm Schwechten (1796-1879) who studied at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art, and worked as a colorist, at the time of the book production. Sabin 74749.


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