Ten hand-coloured views of Wiesbaden and its spa

[Voddigel, Jan Simon / Klimsch, Ferdinand Karl]. Album von Wiesbaden.

Wiesbaden, C. W. Kreidel, [1852].

Small oblong folio (298 x 228 mm). Suite of 10 steel-engraved views, all finely hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic, tipped to thick brown leaves with printed decorative borders and captions. Original decorated red cloth, gilt.


Beautifully produced suite of views engraved after the Dutch artist Jan Simon Voddiggel (1820-62) showing Wiesbaden in Hesse, one of the oldest spa towns in Europe, celebrated as the "Nice of the North". Includes several views of the old Kurhaus ("spa house") built by Christian Zais in 1810 in the neoclassical style, the nearby cold-water balneological institution of Nerothal, the summer palace of the Dukes of Nassau, the "Kochbrunnen" (hot spring fountain) in downtown Wiesbaden, the sepulchral chapel of Duchess Elizabeth of Nassau, the Ducal hunting palace, and the ruins of Sonnenberg castle. Issued with various titles, as well as without a title-page (as here).

One plate with an unobtrusive mark, another with faint stains at corners from adhesive on rear. Cloth rubbed, spine rebacked with new endpapers.

Provenance: Inscribed in ink on front free endpaper to Christine Emma Sanford, née Percival (1828-1900), "from her affectionate Mother" (dated 1 May 1859). Christine Percival had married Edward Ayshford Sanford of Combe Florey, Somerset, in 1853. A charming set.

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