Lambert & Stahl
Seller ID: 876
Stuttgart: Konrad Wittwer, n.d. (but c. 1906 from references cited in Introduction). First edition (28 pp., 60 plates). Sixty full-page plates, sketches and photographs of the architecture of old Stuttgart supplemented by twenty pen and ink drawings of architectural detail cut into the text. Large quarto (about 28 cm x 34 cm) in brown baize cloth over beveled boards, fancy gilt decoration and titles to cover and spine; decorative endpapers, a.e.g.; printed on fine, heavy stock. The street scenes, especially, reward close inspection with a magnifying glass. Plate 40, for instance, a photograph of a house on Rotebuhl Strasse, captures seemingly by accident the image of three grinning children peeking around the corner at the camera. The photographs are particularly fine-- now if only those horses would stand still. The text, in German, surveys the city's architecture from the late Renaissance to the end of the nineteenth century, a sort of fin de siecle retrospective. The book, as beautiful as it is instructive, captures decorative and stylistic details which by now are likely long gone. Lightly rubbed at the edges.. nearly fine.
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