first edition Hardcover
1782 · Elberfeld, Mulheim Am Rhein
by MERKEN, JOHANN
Elberfeld, Mulheim Am Rhein: Author and Johann Ehrich, 1782. Collated complete. Red leather spine label. Two books bound into one. Part 1 printed in 1782 in Elberfeld; Part 2 printed in 1785 in Mulheim Am Rhein. A total of 56 full-page engraved plates with intervening text. Part 1 has 28 leaves, Part 2 has 56 leaves. Separate title-pages and printing information. Smudging at bottom free corner on most pages. General light toning and foxing to page peripheries. Several pages show old repairs. Some closed tears persist, none over 1/2" and without paper loss. A fascinating manual of alphabets, designs, facial expressions, drawing and scientific instruments. A nicely preserved copy with flaws as mentioned above. See photos. We have found a total of 22 libraries worldwide owning the book according to OCLC. Eleven copies have sold at auction since 1982. Most all are described with soiling of pages, many missing plates, suggesting that they were used by printers and designers as working manuals. . First Edition. Marbled Boards.. Moderate Corner and Edgewear/No Dust Jacket. Oblong Quarto 14 1/2" x 10".
(Inventory #: 014600)