Dedication copy for Emperor Pedro II of Brazil

[Brazil]. Westmeyer, Wilhelm. Schluß-Apotheose der Kaiser-Ouverture für großes Orchester (u. Männerchor ad libitum) [...].

Vienna, F. Schreiber, [1873].

Royal folio (360 x 440 mm). Illustrated, colored title page and dedication, 2 ff. of Austrian costumes and views, and 14 ff. notes in alternating decorative borders. Chromolithographed throughout (some raised in gold). Brown morocco portfolio with inlayed arms of the Emperor of Brazil (in green and red calf with brass applications) and imperial crown above the arms in engraved brass with calf inlays in various colors. Spine in six compartments bordered in gold; wide giltstamped cover borders and simple fillets. All edges gilt. Blue silk endpapers and gilt ornamental inner dentelle (signed: "Rosenberg, Graben 17, Wien").


Splendid work dedicated to Emperor Franz Josef, with illustrations by Franz Alt, P. J. N. Geiger, and others. A very few of the small number of copies printed were presented as personal gifts of the Emperor to the highest dignitaries, for whom the Viennese bookbinder Franz Felix Rosenberg manufactured elaborate, customized bindings with the insignia of the recipients.

Very rare: international library catalogs list only a single copy of the normal edition (BSB Munich). One of Rosenberg's splendidly bound special editions appeared in the trade recently (the copy intended for Pope Pius IX).

Interior slightly foxed, as usual; spine-ends insignificantly rubbed, otherwise perfect.


Wurzbach LV, 172.

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