[Colour plate book] Berg, Joh. Aug.
Bilder ur svenska folklifvet. Tolf teckningar efter originaler af B. Nordenberg, K. Zoll, J. W. Wallander, J. Höckert och B. Wennerberg. Utförda i tontryck af Arnz & Co. i Düsseldorf. Svenska texten af Joh. Aug. Berg., Fil mag. (..).
Götheborg. D. F. Bonniers förlag. 1855. Folio (41 x 52.) Title + (24 pp.) + 12 plates in colour lithography. Published in 4 parts with 3 plates in each part, which we have here in the rare original wrappers. The back wrapper of part 4 is missing. The plates and text (except the title page) of part 4 is 2 cm shorter than the wrapper since they come from another copy.
Spines split and the wrappers partly disbound. Some minor spots to the wrappers. Some fraying to the edges of the wrappers. Light foxing to the text and plate margins throughout. Clean image areas. Some creases and tears to the guard papers. One text leaf with longer tears in the lower margin. A few text leafes with frayed edges.
A german edition of the work "Bilder ur svenska folklifvet. Tolf teckningar efter originaler af B. Nordenberg, K. Zoll, J. W. Wallander, J. Höckert och B. Wennerberg". The book has beautiful lithographs showing country life in Sweden in the mid 19th. century. We can see the interior of a Sami dwelling, religious fanatics, a wedding, a harvest, a horse market, smugglers and so on. Two pages of text to each picture with parallel text in german, swedish and english. The originals were painted in the style of the Düsseldorf School by the best artists. By the mid 19th. century it was apparent that the old way of life was swiftly disappearing as the industrial revolution swept across Europe. Artists started to document the traditional lifestyles and customs before it was to late. This album is a swedish example of that movement. The publisher, Bonnier, called it "the most beautiful and brilliant" of books. It was one of the most costly and advanced scandinavian book projects of the mid 19th century. 1500 copies were printed, a comparatively large number.
Item No: 3470