Der Vollstandige Kenner der Eisenwaaren und ihrer Zeichen
Gratz: Gedruckt mit Kienreich'schen Schriften, 1825. 4to. (10 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches). 97 pp., (1). Engraved vignette title-page, five folding table, 39 engraved folding plates at rear, untrimmed.
Original stiff paper wrappers, original printed spine label, with a blue morocco box.
First edition.of this remarkable and very rare book of engraved plates of hand-forged and hand-made iron wares.
Very rare German trade catalogue of ironware made in the foundry of Joseph Wathner. Remarkably preserved in its original wrappers, the present copy depicts hundreds of various types of hardware including horseshoes, hammers, shovels, animal traps, chains, handcuffs, hand tools for woodworkers, and other types of ironware. Each of these small illustrations are shown within a circle and numbered to correspond to the text, which provides prices of the ironware available from Wathner's foundry. The illustrations arein the manner of early English engraved catalogues with dozens of examples of the same form in varying sizes all on the same plate. This copy from the library of bibliographer, bookseller, and arms collector, Raymond L.J. Riling (1896-1974), and with his book-plate on verso of front wrapper.
Not mentioned in Theodor. Crom, Trade catalogues 1542--1842.