From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung. Gottfried DURST VON WENGEN.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.
From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.

A Masquerade Parade in Bamberg

From the lithographed upper cover: [Vorläufer zum Ersten Theresienvolksfeste in Bamberg oder] Die öffentlich Maskerade in Bamberg am Fastnacht-Montage 1833. In Kolorirten Abbildung dargestellt von G.D. v. W. 1te–[2te] Lieferung.

28 finely colored lithographed plates (11 double-page), all mounted on stubs. 4to, cont. cloth over boards, with the upper wrapper of the first “Lieferung” mounted. Bamberg: Verlag der Drausnick’sche Buch und Kunsthandlung, [1833].

This rare and complete series of handsome lithographed plates, all with fine original coloring, depicts the public masquerade, a sort of “prequel” held just before Bamberg’s First Theresia Festival in 1833. Published in two installments they show a harlequin; the commander of the Krähwinklers (rubes, country bumpkins, small-town philistines, squares, stiffs, inhabitants of “dullsville”); a child’s baptism; the Tailor Cockatoo, Rumelpuff, the Fake Catalani, and Staberl (these are all figures from contemporary comic opera); the Bridesmaid from [Weber’s] “Der Freischütz”; an old haggling Jew; an elegantly dressed French lady; a burly Tyrolean; a grand carriage with a brass band; a knight in shiny armor; etc.; etc.

NOTE: In June 1830, Bavarian King Ludwig I and his Queen Therese had paid their first visit to Bamberg. The good burghers of that city decided this visit should be the subject of an annual commemoration, as was the custom at that time, to demonstrate the city’s allegiance to the Crown. Accordingly, a 48-member “General-Comité” was formed for the handling of the festivities. Preparations went on for months and months. 8 July 1833 — the Queen’s birthday — was to be the climax of the festival.

The organizers wrote a letter to the Queen: “Would Your Majesty be so kind as to graciously place the Bamberg festival under Your Royal protection, and by allowing it to begin on Your Majesty’s birthday and to let it be named the Bamberg Theresia Festival, and the meadow on which it is held Theresienwiese (Therese Meadow), creating an everlasting reminder of its origin and purpose.” This request was graciously accepted by the Crown.

Our album records the public masquerade parade held just before the main celebrations began and which continued for five days (more parades, open-air plays, shooting competitions, fireworks, etc.).

In very good condition, from the collection of Dr. Anton Strähuber. One or two of the lithographs have minor staining. The upper wrapper of the first part — here pasted on the upper cover — has had part of the title cut away (the section in brackets). This is a rare book. The digitized copy at Bamberg lacks plate 4 (it has a duplicate of plate 7).

Price: $7,500.00

Item ID: 6383

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