Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde. Eduard HILDEBRANDT.
Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde.

Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde.

Berlin: R. Wagner,, 1871-4. Item #03772

A Wonderful Visual Account of the Prussian Court Painter's
'Progress Around the World'
In the Publisher's Deluxe 'Cosway-Style' Portfolio Box

HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde. [Watercolors. From Nature, taken on his trip around the world in Egypt, India, China, Japan, Manilla, America, etc.]. Chromo-Facsimiles von R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot. Berlin: R. Wagner, [1871-4].

First edition. Large folio (21 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches; 548 × 450 mm). Title-leaf printed in maroon on thick cream card. Thirty-four fine 'aquarelle' plates by R. Steinbock and W. Loeillot after the original watercolors by Hildebrandt, each one printed on textured paper and mounted on card with printed title captions on verso. With a duplicate of plate #12 "Strasse in St. Francisco". Some minor soiling to a few mounts, otherwise near fine.

Loose as issued in the publisher's 'deluxe' green leather-backed green cloth portfolio box. Upper cover with title stamped in gilt and in each corner an allegorical figure stamped in gilt representing 'Europe', 'Africa', 'America' and 'Asia' all within a decorative border stamped in gilt and black. In the center is a fine oval sepia portrait of Hildebrandt measuring 10 1/4 x 6/58 inches; 261 x 169 mm. set under glass within a gilt frame. Lower cover decoratively stamped in blind, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt, two original brass clasps. Our binder has expertly repaired the wooden joints of the box and re-gilded the edges. A fine example.

Extremely uncommon complete. A wonderful visual account of the Prussian Court Painter's progress around the World, largely consisting of images of the Far East including views in Bangkok, Bombay, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Peking, and Singapore. Also included are two fine views of San Francisco.

An 'Aquarelle' is a printed picture that has been colored manually by applying watercolor through stencils, each color requiring a different stencil.

Edward Hildebrandt (1818-1869). Born in Danzig, he studied with the marine artist Wilhelm Krause and with French painter Eugene Isabey in Paris, winning three medals at the Paris salon in 1843. On his return to Berlin, his talent as a landscape painter attracted the attention of Alexander von Humboldt, who recommended him to the Prussian king, Friedrich Wilhelm IV. As a result he was made Painter to the Royal Court, and was supported in his subsequent extensive, and expensive, travels. In 1844-5 he visited America and Brazil; in 1847 he was in England, Portugal, Spain, the Canaries and Madeira; in 1851 Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey and Greece; and from 1862-4 the Reise um die Erde - Journey round the World - from Trieste through Suez to India, and on to China, Japan, the Pacific and back via California and Central America. His despatches from the trip were published by the Berlin Montagspost, and subsequently in book form. The original water-colors from the voyage were exhibited in London in 1866 and at an exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1868, just a year before his death in Berlin.

Just four copies located in libraries and institutions worldwide: Frick Museum, Art Reference Library (New York, USA); Sachsische Landesbibliothek (Germany); Univ. Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt Gotha (Germany); Wurttembergische Landesbibliotherk (Germany).

The Views:

1. Verdeckte Strasse in Cairo
2. Moschee in der Abendsonne
3. Strasse in Bombay
4. Benares am Ganges
5. Sonnenuntergang in Siam
6. Hafen und Stadt Macao
7. Rangoon. Der Elephant
8. Siamesische Familie etc.
9. Schwimmende Gewürzläden
10. Dorf auf den Philippinen
11. Hong Kong. Queen's Road
12. Strasse in St. Francisco
13. Alexandria mit dem Obelisken
14. Suez. Platz in der Stadt
15. Ceylon. Point de Galle
16. Hong Kong. Piratenstrasse
17. Macao. Theater Sing Song
18. Whampoa. Sonnenuntergang
19. Nagasacki. DerHafen
20. Strasse in Jokohama
21. Rangoon. Goldene Pagoda
22. Singapore. Der Hafen
23. Japanische Oschunke
24. Strasse in Tientsin
25. Ladrone-Inseln
26. Ceylon. Wakawell
27. Siam. Bankok
28. Macao. Opfertempel
29. Runde Strasse in Peking
30. St. Francisco. Der Hafen
31. Strasse in Alexandrien
32. Ceylon. Colombo
33. Der Hafen von Foo-choo-foo
34. Brücke bei Peking.

Price: $14,500.00