Catalogus eener voortreffllijke, uitmuntende en allerprachtigste Verzameling Boeken, en Prentwerken, heerlijk geconditioneerd en Voortreffelijk gebonden; uitmakende de keur der beroemde Bibliotheek des Heeren…hetwelk verkocht zal worden op Donderdag den 24e Junij 1824, te Amsterdam…Door de makelaars: Jeronimo de Vries, Albertus Brondgeest, Engelbert Michael Engelberts en Cornelis François Roos…. Moritz AUCTION CATALOGUE: FRIES, Grave von.

Catalogus eener voortreffllijke, uitmuntende en allerprachtigste Verzameling Boeken, en Prentwerken, heerlijk geconditioneerd en Voortreffelijk gebonden; uitmakende de keur der beroemde Bibliotheek des Heeren…hetwelk verkocht zal worden op Donderdag den 24e Junij 1824, te Amsterdam…Door de makelaars: Jeronimo de Vries, Albertus Brondgeest, Engelbert Michael Engelberts en Cornelis François Roos…

3 p.l., 42 pp. 8vo, orig. printed glazed paper wrappers (wrappers a little detached & spine worn), uncut. [From the lower cover]: Amsterdam, B.J. Crajenschot & G. Lamberts, [from the title-page]: 1824.

The very rare sale catalogue, fully priced throughout, with buyers’ names in a contemporary hand, of a collection considered among Europe’s finest at the opening of the 19th century. Fries (1777-1826), an Austrian banker, patron of Beethoven, and passionate collector of books and art, amassed a library of 16,000 volumes, 300 Old Master paintings, over 100,000 drawings and engravings, as well as large accumulations of coins, sculptures, and rare minerals. His collections were stored and displayed at his palace (known today as the Palais Pallavicini) located on Josefsplatz square in Vienna. Married to Princess Maria Theresa zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst in 1800, Fries is largely remembered for his patronage of music in Vienna; in particular, he supported the careers of Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. His profligate lifestyle, voracious collecting, and the struggles of his bank in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars led to bankruptcy, and Fries was forced to sell his collections in a series of public auctions.

The present catalogue describes the second part of the first sale of his estate, which offers his “extravagant” copies of famous illustrated and color-plate books of natural history, architecture, art, literature, etc., and books of prints. It consists of 132 lots, many of which are large-paper copies or printed on vellum and finely bound in red or green morocco.

Very good copy, fully priced, with buyers’ names, and totaled at end. Bookplate of the Dutch bookseller Simon Emmering.

❧ Lugt 10705. Lugt, Marques, 2903.

Price: $1,950.00

Item ID: 6680