Gorgeous mid 19th century artist’s binding in rococo style

MID 19th CENTURY ROCOCO STYLE AUSTRIAN OR BOHEMIAN ARTIST’S BINDING. Content: Balance of trade of the Austrian Empire for the year 1844. [Ca. 1845].

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Mid 19th Century Rococo style Austrian or Bohemian artist’s binding. Content: Ausweise über den Handel von Österreich im Verkehr mit dem Auslande und über den Zwischenverkehr von Ungarn und Siebenbürgen mit den anderen österreichischen Provinzen, im Jahre 1844. 5. Jahrgang. [Balance of trade of the Austrian Empire for the year 1844 and balance of trade of Hungary and Transilvania with the rest of the Austrian Empire. 5th year.] Wien: Rechnungs-Department der k.k. allgemeinen Hofkammer (Hof- und Staatsdruckerei) 1845. 26:38 cm. Grained dark green full morocco over cardboards with gilt spine title, gold embossed panel on front and rear boards, rich gold tooling with lines, frameworks and dentelles incorporating floral themes on boards, spine and all edges, gilt book-block and pink waxed endpapers with blind-stamped marbled pattern.

Magnificent mid 19th century artist's binding in rococo style, probably based on a model in the Austrian Emperor's library. Presumably executed by an Austrian, Bohemian or German bookbinder, though not signed, this gorgeous classicist binding however reminds of Johannes Selenka (1801-1871), the famous German artist and bookbinder for the Duke of Brunswick, who also had a weakness for the colour green. Elaborate bindings for bulky contents like balances of trade were executed only for high officials of state authorities, members of the imperial family or the nobility; usually these statistics were covered rather simply, if at all. In this case the title page bears the owner's stamp of a baron from the Austrian empire. (Thanks to Norbert Donhofer).

Corners in parts bumped, the boards with a few minor scratches, end papers with darkened traces of glue, first pages slightly finger-stained, inside minimally foxy, in general a well preserved binding.

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Weight 10 kg