Scarce und richly illustrated jeweller’s and collector’s guide on diamonds, 1943

Alfred LENARD: DER BRILLANT UND DIE ANDEREN EDEL- UND SCHMUCKSTEINE. [DIAMONDS AND OTHER GEMSTONES.] With 68, partly coloured illustrations on 5 plates. Timișoara: s.a. [ca. 1943].

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Alfred LENARD: DER BRILLANT UND DIE ANDEREN EDEL- UND SCHMUCKSTEINE. Was der Juwelier und das kaufende Publikum darüber wissen sollten. [DIAMONDS AND OTHER GEMSTONES. What jewellers and buyers should know about them.] With 68 illustrations after sketches of shapes and cuts (46), photographies of famous diamonds (16) as well as multicoloured microscope images of emeralds, rubies and sapphires (6) on 5 plates printed on glossy paper. Timișoara (Romania): Author's edition, s.a. [ca. 1943].

4mo. 49 [5 (table of contents, advertisements)] pages, 5 plates. Letterpress, cliché printing and half-tone offset, in original half-cloth with black typographic title printing on front board.

Comprehensive and richly illustrated gemological hand-book for jewellers, goldsmiths, dealers and collectors of diamonds and other gemstones, written by Alfred Lenard, a Timișoara (Romania) based jeweller and expert, who according tho his advertisement at the end of the volume also acted as appraiser for local branches of banks like the Deutsche Bank.

The author puts a special focus on usability by providing chapters about worldwide deposits of gemstones, shapes and cuts, how to trace forgeries, on pricing etc., and he also provides exhausting information about dozens of gemstones (e.g. emeralds, rubies and sapphires) and semi-precious stones (e.g. ambers and opals) as well as pearls. Furthermore Lenard puts special emphasis on diamonds, and two plates containing splendid half-tone repros of the world's biggest, most famous and beautiful diamonds are also part of this extraordinary book. The other plates show sketches of shapes and cuts and multicoloured microscope images to explain differences between real and synthetic stones.

It is worth to note that the names of Lenard and all the other six jewellers and watchmakers from Timișoara that placed ads at end of this volume are typically Jewish (e.g. Francisc Safran), although Romanian Jews already had to face systematical persecution since 1940, when the regime became a close ally to Nazi-Germany.

Spine skilfully renewed, boards worn, inside in parts very slightly finger-stained and wavy, otherwise well preserved copy of this outstandingly rare private print, also with an interestiing modernist typography.

OCLC/WorldCat, KVK and viaLibri Librairies show no copy at all in institutional holdings worldwide, not do Romanian National and Academic Libraries. According to Jahrbuch der Auktionspreise (1950ff.) and Auktionspreise online (ca. 1988ff.) only one copy was ever auctioned (1996).

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Weight 2 kg