ALBUM AMICORUM of an unidentified student at JENA. Manuscript on paper and vellum, Jena, 1751-1754, including 8 miniatures, approximately 193 leaves (including 52 blanks, oblong 8vo (111 x 180mm), early pagination, 1-285, modern pencil foliation (marked browning to left-hand upper margin, severe to last ten leaves), contemporary gilt-tooled sheep (rubbed, gilt faded). Provenance: armorial ex-libris and shelfmark (Ms.730) of Rudolf Ritter von Gutmann; shelfmark (Ser.nov.2971), library stamps and de-accession stamp of Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.
The miniatures, on vellum, depict: f.61 Two friends reclining by a river, with buildings and an extensive landscape; f.69 A naked female figure in front of a symbolic tree with two apples, two gentleman looking on; f.89 An excited crowd breaking into a group of buildings (possibly the university); f.91 Twelve scenes of student life, including billiards, smoking, duelling and hunting; f.111 A riotous scene of drinking and smoking in a town square; f.130 Diogenes with his lamp contemplating a globe.
Unusually, the numerous inscriptions from fellow students, in a range of languages from German, Latin, Greek and Italian to English, appear to make a point of not addressing the album's owner by name.