Munich Mathiae Riedl 1710
One volume 4to (28x21cm), contemporary binding, most probably executed by Gregor Kuen, blond calf, boards entirely decorated with a rich gilt floral decoration framed by a gilt border composed of shells and rocaille irons, a thick black painted fillet in the frame, large floral motifs starting from the inner corners, in the centre of the boards a gilt escutcheon surrounded by a fine radiating lace of floral irons, small gilt stars and flowers (with the statue of the Virgin of Ettal and the motto "Fundatrix Monastery Ettalensis" on the first board, and the arms of Bernhard Oberhauser, superior of the abbey, on the second board), 2 fine incisions on each board for the laces (missing), spine with 6 ornamented nerves, marbled paper lining, edges gilt. Fine restorations to the spines.
[xvi] pp. (including half-title and title), 228 pp. and [viii] pp. (including table of plates), frontispiece and 20 hors-texte plates (on 19 leaves) of which 9 folding.
Superb binding from Ettal Abbey, representative of the German baroque and most probably made by friar Gregor Kuen shortly before his death in 1737.
First edition of the seventh volume of the Atlas novus exhibens orbem terraqueum per naturae opera by Heinrich Scherer (1628-1704), published posthumously as a single volume following the first six volumes published from 1702 to 1704. It is illustrated with a beautiful frontispiece engraved by Matthus Wolffgang after Johann Degler, and 20 hors-texte plates including a beautiful map of the Arctic Circle (Lapland, Iceland and Greenland) dated 1701.
The Benedictine Abbey of Ettal, founded in 1330 in southern Bavaria, saw the creation in 1711 by Abbot Placidus II Seitz of the Ritterakademie, of a school intended to train young men of the nobility and upper middle class. These young men, who came from Bavaria but also from other regions or even countries, studied law, history, Latin, French, Italian, geography, arithmetic, etc. The abbey's library was consequently equipped with a large number of works on these various subjects and its collections were considerably enriched; At the same time, Abbot Placidus Seitz set up a bookbinding workshop in the abbey under the direction of Brother Gregor Kuen (1691-1737), who produced both "simple" bindings for the abbey library and highly decorative bindings with exuberant gilding for Placidus II Seitz (abbot from 1706 to 1735) and his successor Bernhard I Oberhauser (abbot from 1736 to 1739). The vast majority of these bindings were lost in the fire that destroyed the Ritterakademie and the library in 1744.
Provenance: Bernhard I Oberhauser, Abbot of Ettal from 1736 until his death in 1739. - L. R. 1739, owner not identified, with the handwritten mention "ab Ulm Geographie Studiosus 1739". - According to a manuscript entry, gift accepted by Aloysius de Franzin in 1777.
Bagrow-Skelton, 270; Tooley, IV-119; Foot, The Henri Davis Gift: A Collection of Bookbindings, no. 360.
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