1831 embroidered binding, German Hymnbook (Gesangbuch) of the Hesse Duchy


A very attractive combined leather and embroidery binding wraps this early 19th century German hymnal. Signed by the binder with his ticket, "Gebunden bei (bound by) S. Stiebel in Marburg" on the rear endpaper.
Physical Attributes -

Measures 15.5 x 9.5 x 2.5 cm. Leather binding, painted green, with gilt rolled borders and embroidered boards. Four raised bands to spine, "Gesangbuch" in gilt in one compartment. All edges gilt (AEG). Pages - (1), viii, 532, register, (1).

Condition -

See pictures. A little general wear, but a remarkably clean book for its age. It doesn't seem to suffer from sunning or dust. Even the silk ribbon is still extant, which is normally the first thing to disappear with time. The 1st blank page has a few creases. No writing or tears. There is some toning to paper.

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