11 - 13 July 2000
JANSCHA, Lorenz (1749-1812, artist) & Johann ZIEGLER (circa 1750-circa 1812). Collection du cinquante vues du Rhin... Fünfzig malerische ansichten des Rhein-stromes von Speyer bis Düsseldorf nach der Natur gezeichnet. Vienna: Artaria and Co, 1798.
2° (515 x 405mm). Engraved throughout, title in French and German engraved by Junker, 50 fine hand-coloured engraved views by Johann Ziegler after Lorenz Janscha, all titled in French and German, 48 with ink-ruled border to the image. (Light soiling and small tear to lower margin of title, slight discolouration to plates numbered 5, 6 and 30 without text.) English green morocco gilt bound in 1823 or later, covers with wide borders composed of rules and various roll-tools, the inner corners of the borders blocked with an 'A.M.N.' monogram surmounted by a ducal coronet, spine in eight compartments with raised bands, lettered in the second, the others with repeat decoration, wide gilt turn-ins, terra-cotta glazed-paper endleaves, free-endpapers watermarked 1823, gilt edges (scuffed and rubbed). Provenance: A.M.N. (unidentified Ducal, binding).
THE MOST MAGNIFICENT SERIES OF VIEWS OF THE RHINE PUBLISHED: VERY RARE. The work is rare in any form, but the most recent copies to be listed as having sold at auction (in 1994 [2 copies], 1984 and 1981) all included explanatory text to each plate and a general index leaf (in French and German), as well as having original ink-ruled and colour-wash borders to the plates. The present issue, without the text or the colour-wash also includes correct engraved numbering to plates 34 to 36 and may represent a later issue in which the text is not required. Another possibility is that the text was not in a language that was well-understood by the noble 'A.M.N.' and was therefore discarded when the work was bound. Brunet III, 500.
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