An encyclopaedic, richly illustrated work on world phaleristics, 1848
Carl MUQUARDT: DAS BUCH DER RITTERORDEN UND EHRENZEICHEN. [THE BOOK OF ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD AND MEDALS OF HONOUR]. With around 500 coloured wood-engravings on 98 tissue guarded plates. Brussels and Leipzig: 1848.
Carl MUQUARDT: DAS BUCH DER RITTERORDEN UND EHRENZEICHEN. [THE BOOK OF ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD AND MEDALS OF HONOUR]. Geschichte, Beschreibung und Abbildung der Insignien aller Ritterorden, Militair- und Civil-Ehrenzeichen, Medaillen etc. Nebst einer Auswahl der vorzüglichsten Costüme. With around 500 coloured wood-engravings on 98 tissue guarded plates, where of 8 depicting costumes. Brussels and Leipzig: Published by the author 1848.
Quarto. [3 not numb. leaves (half-title, frontispiece, title)], 388 pages; 98 plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with ornamental gilt embossed title on spine.
FIRST EDITION of this monumental work on phaleristics, compiled by the Belgian publisher and bookseller of German origin Carl Johann Mucquardt (1813-63).
Contents, Illustration: Mucquardt's encyclopaedic compilation contains orders and other objects of conferred honour from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, German territories, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Persia, Portugal, Prussia, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the Vatican, among others. The volume is particularly remarkable due to it's rich illustration, depicting around 500 items printed in great detail and brightly colours, especially those drawn by Clerman and engraved by Duverger.
Condition: Spine in parts occasionally worn, edges in parts very slightly bumped, some paper with minor foxing, otherwise very good copy indeed.
Reference: Hiler 124; Not mentioned by Lipperheide.