A Stettin merchant's education

[Album amicorum]. Fautoribus patronis atque amicis offert A. Barthold.

Stettin, Berlin, Hamburg and other places, 1767-1782.

Large oblong 8vo. 53 written and ca. 50 blank ff. with a total of ca. 50 entries. Coloured title page on vellum, 4 armorial miniatures and 5 coloured illustrations; one pen drawing in red ink. Contemporary calf binding with spine label, covers and spine elaborately gilt, all edges gilt.


A very charming album. The owner, Andreas Barthold, was born in 1752 into a wealthy merchant family from Stettin. He attended the school of mathematics established by pastor Johann Julius Hecker in 1747, which he left at the age of about 16 years, and was further educated at the Hamburg Academy of Commerce, founded in 1768. In 1773 he returned to Stettin, where he worked as a merchant, became a citizen in 1778, and married the following year. After this, his trail disappears.

Most of the entries in this album are from teachers and classmates at the Realschule in Berlin; another group of entries is by Hamburg merchants. Apart from the identifiable contributions (some 15 entries), the importance of this album lies in its very appealing colour illustrations, some of which are by known artists: this includes a view of a channel with ships by Christian Gottfried Mathes (1738-ca 1805), dated 1768, and a coastal landscape by Johann Carl Wilhelm Rosenberg (1737-1810), dated Stettin 1781.

Slight chipping to spine label; lower cover rubbed; bumped and chafed. Several leaves have been removed. Occasional slight staining and browning; very attractively bound.

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