1871-4. first edition. A Wonderful Visual Account of the Prussian Court Painter's 'Progress Around the World'In the Publisher's Deluxe 'Cosway-Style' Portfolio BoxHILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde. [Watercolors. From Nature, taken on his trip around the world in Egypt, India, China, Japan, Manilla, America, etc.]. Chromo-Facsimiles von R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot. Berlin: R. Wagner, [1871-4].First edition. Large folio (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches; 548 × 450 mm). Title-leaf printed in maroon on thick cream card. Thirty-four fine 'aquarelle' plates by R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot after the original watercolors by Hildebrandt, each one printed on textured paper and mounted on card with printed title captions on verso. With a duplicate of plate #12 "Strasse in St. Francisco". Some minor soiling to a few mounts, otherwise near fine.Loose as issued in the publisher's 'deluxe' green leather-backed green cloth portfolio box. Upper cover with title stamped in gilt and in each corner an allegorical figure stamped in gilt representing 'Europe', 'Africa', 'America' and 'Asia' all within a decorative border stamped in gilt and black. In the center is a fine oval sepia portrait of Hildebrandt measuring 10 1/4 x 6/58 inches; 261 x 169 mm. set under glass within a gilt frame. Lower cover decoratively stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, two original brass clasps. Our binder has expertly repaired the wooden joints of the box and re-gilded the edges. A fine example.Extremely uncommon complete. A wonderful visual account of the Prussian Court Painter's progress around the World, largely consisting of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Bombay, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Also included are two fine views of San Francisco.An 'Aquarelle' is a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil.Edward Hildebrandt (1818-1869). Born in Danzig, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause and with French painter Eugene Isabey in Paris, winning three medals at the Paris salon in 1843. On his return to Berlin, his talent as a landscape painter attracted the attention of Alexander von Humboldt, who recommended him to the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. As a result he was made Painter to the Royal Court, and was supported in his subsequent extensive, and expensive, travels. In 1844-5 he visited America and Brazil; in 1847 he was in England, Portugal, Spain, the Canaries and Madeira; in 1851 Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece; and from 1862-4 the Reise um die Erde - Journey round the World - from Trieste through Suez to India, and on to China, Japan, the Pacific and back via California and Central America. His despatches from the trip were published by the Berlin Montagspost, and subsequently in book form. The original water-colors from the voyage were exhibited in London in 1866 and at an exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1868, just a year before his death in Berlin.Just four copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide: Frick Museum, Art Reference Library (New York, USA); Sachsische Landesbibliothek (Germany); Univ. Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt Gotha (Germany); Wurttembergische Landesbibliotherk (Germany).The Views:1. Verdeckte Strasse in Cairo2. Moschee in der Abendsonne3. Strasse in Bombay4. Benares am Ganges5. Sonnenuntergang in Siam6. Hafen und Stadt Macao7. Rangoon. Der Elephant8. Siamesische Familie etc.9. Schwimmende Gewürzläden10. Dorf auf den Philippinen11. Hong Kong. Queen's Road12. Strasse in St. Francisco13. Alexandria mit dem Obelisken14. Suez. Platz in der Stadt15. Ceylon. Point de Galle16. Hong Kong. Piratenstrasse17. Macao. Theater Sing Song18. Whampoa. Sonnenuntergang19. Nagasacki. DerHafen20. Strasse in Jokohama21. Rangoon. Goldene Pagoda22. Singapore. Der Hafen23. Japanische Oschunke24. Strasse in Tientsin25. Ladrone-Inseln26. Ceylon. Wakawell27. Siam. Bankok28. Macao. Opfertempel29. Runde Strasse in Peking30. St. Francisco. Der Hafen31. Strasse in Alexandrien32. Ceylon. Colombo33. Der Hafen von Foo-choo-foo34. Brücke bei Peking (Inventory #: 03772)
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