[ALBUM AMICORUM]. RYSSEL, Christian Heinrich von. (born Schneeberg 1733). Stam-Buch zum Steden Andencken geneigter Goenner und Guter Freunde. South Germany, 1754-1772.
180 x 115 mm. Manuscript on paper and vellum. 206 and 208 leaves, including watercolor drawings, pencil sketches, a decorated vellum binding sample, and numerous manuscript verses and comments in the hands of Ryssel's friends, see listing below.
Together 2 volumes, A DOS-À-DOS BINDING OF TWO DIFFERENT DESIGNS by the Bayreuth binder Johann Gottlieb Riedel, mentioned in this Album Amicorum, dated 25 March 1754. The first volume bound in gold-tooled painted vellum with an elaborate geometical design, the compartments filled with small tools, silk doublures and linings, decorated in gilt with a floral rool and central design, gilt lettered "Fecit Bayreuth DXXV. Marz MDCCLIV," the second volume bound in calf with a gilt border of fillets and various rool tools with floral designs, the center cover of vellum with a marbled gilt tooled design, silk doublures, gilt lettered "Nat. Scheberg DVIII May MDCCXXXIII C.H.v.R." all edges gilt, painted and gauffered (some light rubbing and staining). Provenance: Christian Heinrich von Ryssel; purchased from Emil Offenbacher, 25 May 1957.
AN INVALUABLE SOURCE FOR THE HISTORY OF BOOKBINDING IN SOUTHERN GERMANY: A "STAM-BUCH" BY A BOOKBINDING APPRENTICE with most of the entries by fellow bookbinders. The earliest entries are from 1754, the latest from 1772. Ryssel's journey took him to Bayreuth, Bamberg, Kulmbach, Hof, Frankfurt,Manheim, and other places, he befriended binder's from many cities including Dresden, Halle, Göttingen, Stockholm, and Breslau.
Following is a listing of names and most outstanding decorations: p. 1 vellum title by Johann Gottlieb Riedel; p. 3 A view of a bookbinding shop. "Die löbl. Buchbinder Kunst;" p. 5 Roger Andreas Anton Sieder, "Buchbinder," Hoff im Vogtland, 8 November 1756; p.53 engraved bookplate J.D. Lenschlager; p. 54 Samuel Gottlieb Riedel, "Buchbinder," Bayreuth, 22. July 1754; p. 56 Johann Gottlieb Riedel, "Buchbinder," Bayreuth 1754; p. 57 colored and gilt tooled vellum binding exercise, with an opening flap in book form by Riedel gilt lettered with his name and the motto "So verhaelt es sich in der Welt;" p. 59 Georg Stefan Ritter, Hof 13 May 1754; p. 65 Johann Heinrich Blosfeld, "Bibliopegus Halensis," Bamberg 23 October, 1754; p. 68 Friedrich Gottlieb Kenner, "Bibliopegus Dresdensis," Bayreuth 19 April 1754; p. 72 Hermann Hopf "Bibliopegus Goeppengensis," 14. June 1761; p. 83 Gotlieb Joseph Kretschmann, "Relieur de Livres Baruthensis," Bayreuth 12 April 1754; p. 85 Ludwig Weher "von Stockholm," Manheim, 2 February, 1756; p. 116 M. Melly, Bamberg, 22 December 1754; p. 131 Christoph Gottfried Hessa, Hof im Voigtland, 2 November, 1754; p. 133 Johann Friedrich Thieme "Bibliopegus Altenburg," Kulmbach, 5 November 1754; p. 157 G.C. Hammer; p. 159 G.E. Graevenhorst, Frankfurt, 4 April 1755; p. 161 C.H.Zapffe, "natus Neobrandenburg," Frankfurt 24 February, 1762; Vol II: p. 105 Franz Dannhauser, "Relieur des livres" Bamberg, 23 October, 1754; p. 136 Gottfried Friedrich Rauschardt, "Bibliophogus a. Breslau," Frankfurt 12 February, 1755, facing page decorated in colors and gilt tooled with binding tools; p. 149 Friedrich Gottlieb Rothe "Buchbinder Gesell," Frankfurt 2 June 1755; p. 203 C.S.E. Prechtel "Bibliopegus," Manheim 2 November 1755.