VIENNA 1745 -- HAUER, Johann Joseph (Edler von). Merckmahl Der Allerunterthänigsten Ergebenheit, So Unter allgemeinem Jubel deren Hochstglückseeligen Geburt Des Durchleüchtigsten Königlichen zweÿten Printzens, Und Ertz-Hertzogens zu Oesterreich Caroli. Den 14 Märtz 1745. angezündeten Freuden Feuern durch die Funcken der reinesten Treu angeflammet. [Vienna,] 1747.
Large 4o (366 x 253 mm). SIGNED CALLIGRAPHIC AND ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER. Frontispiece-portrait of the mother, Maria Theresa (1717-80), Holy Roman Empress; 33 leaves of text, including title, decorative borders and pictorial vignettes; 14 plates in pen-and-ink, including a large folded sheet of the mother and child in a grand architectural and allegorical setting; final portrait of the father, Francis, Duke of Lorraine. (Splits in the folds of the large drawing, a few minor stains.) FINE CONTEMPORARY VIENNESE BINDING of gold-tooled red morocco, Rococo border and center ornament on sides, crown tool in the compartments of spine, gilt edges, gilt blue silk endleaves. Provenance: presumably written and drawn for presentation, but not to the imperial family as there are no heraldic devices or other evidence of original ownership; Lt. Col. Gould Hunter-Weston (armorial bookplate); Alan Waterworth (armorial bookplate); H.P. Kraus (sold to Gourary 1976).
Apparently the UNIQUE RECORD of the festivities surrounding the birth of Archduke KARL JOSEPH of Austria (1745-61), the empress's second son, as no fête books were published for the occasion. The calligrapher, CASPARUS DE MURALTO, signed at the end stating that it took him seven months to finish the manuscript. The large drawings are signed by PHILIPPUS GAETTEL; they reproduce the pictorial and emblematic wall hangings for the celebrations. The artist is probably identifiable with Phil. Jacob Gütl, a Viennese engraver who died in 1767 (see Thieme-Becker XV, 248). The equally fine borders, vignettes and portraits are unsigned.