An 18th century lady's friendship album

[Album amicorum]. Album amicorum of Charlotte Heine, née Chatillon (1778-1852).

Dresden, Leipzig and environs, mainly 1794-1816, with addenda to ca. 1850.

12mo (95 x 105 mm). German and French manuscript on paper. 95 ff. with more than 90 entries, 3 gouaches, 6 watercolours, 4 drawings, and 2 silk embroideries. Near-square contemporary red morocco with gilt spine, cover borders, gilt inner dentelle and leading edges. Lacqured endpapers. All edges gilt. Stored in contemporary green slipcase.


The friendship album of Charlotte Chatillon (born 19 April 1778, died 24 May 1852), who married the Dresden architect Heine (1769-1831); one of her children was the later theologian Emil Heine. Among the more prominent contributors are the bookseller Friedrich August Leo (1764-1842, editor of the "Magazin für Freunde des guten Geschmacks", co-written by the contributors Coudray and Klinsky) and his wife Friederike, née Breitkopf, with an entry containing a fine flower embroidery, dated 13 May 1795; the Dresden church musician Franz Anton Schubert (1768-1824) with a watercolour entry dated 23 Feb. 1793; the architect Clemens Wenzeslaus Coudray (1775-1845) with an entry dated 27 Oct. 1797; Johann Gottfried Kinsky, another Dresden architect: "3 Tage vor seiner Abreise nach Rom am 31. October 1793", with a watercolour showing a romantic riverscape and humorous verses: "Mit Gunsten, geehrte Frau Hein! / Sing' doch nicht dein Liedchen allein, / Lieb Weibchen, laß uns dazu pfeifen; - / Die Sache ist so zu begreifen: / Erst mußt du Großmutter seyn, / Dann soll Dir der alte Freund Hein / das lieblichste Schlummerlied pfeifen. / Wohl möcht'ich Kalkante dann seyn / Wie wollt ich mich freun!" Signed "Zschiederitz", illustrated with a danse macabre scene.

Includes seven delicate green and white paper cuttings of flowers. Also, entries by Karl Bursian; Henri and Louise Gaudi; "Votre sincere ami Himmler"; Augusta Carolina and August Friedrich Jasper; A. X. V. Jungnickel; Johanna Dorothea Lindner; "Pitschel dis altere den 16. März 1796 Zwey Stunden vor der Abreise nach dem Rhein", with a watercolour showing a farewell in the forest; in red ink: Johanna Charlotte Töpfer, née Schach, and, in green ink, Carl Friedrich Töpfer (1 Dec. 1793); Charlotte von Vitzthum (Dresden, 29 Jan. 1802).

Some foxing and fingerstaining. One bifolium is loose, another leaf glued in. The slipcase is rather severely bumped and chafed, having well protected the pretty binding.

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