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The Rugendas Letters
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
first voyage to Brazil
with 23 Mounted Drawings
The Abendroth–Arenhold Copy
Cooke, E(dward). W(illiam). Fifty Plates of Shipping and Craft. London 18(28-)29. 1 leaf. With incl. etched title & contents (each with vignette)
50 full-page etchings
in oblong (40) and upright format (c. 8.7-18.2 x 15.9-24 and 16.2-28.2 x 14.2-18.8 cm resp.) resp. printed by S. H. Hawkins as well as – mounted on the back of 8 plates –
23 pencil drawings
– thereof 2 watercolored , 8 with colored flags –
by Lüder Arenhold
from 1876-83 (c. 30-104 x 78-163 and, one, 64 x 46 mm resp.), mostly with his written German designation in pencil below. Navy blue sheep leather vol. with silver stamped title on front cover & back, albatross vignette on back cover and lines running around on both covers as well as at the lower edges each the blue series in the front, marine niemeyer in the back inner cover and JayAitchDesign on the back cover, all silver tooled, and blue ribbon as well as still traces of former blue edges. In uniform h. leather slipcase with silver stamped albatross vignette on both covers.
Dr. Augustus (?) Abendroth
(1796 Hamburg 1867)
his exlibris now verso
(Soltau 1854 – Kiel 1915)
his signature with date 1873
Cat. Nederl. Scheepvaarts-Museum II, 756; Thieme-Becker VII , 348 f. & AKL XXI , 54. – First edition. – Isolated typographic watermark fragments, among which (WH)ATMAN (18)27 and (18)28 resp. – Besides the designation of the respective type of ship with the exception of the title vignette with Cooke’s varied signature as draughtsman and engraver (just 3 only with his “fec.”) in the plate, partially credit to the publisher, further dates and isolated printer inscriptions.
Originally on the back inner cover in the course of present rebinding the typographic exlibris
“ A. Abendroth, Dr. ”
was moved to the back of the front fly-leaf laminated with the original fly-leaf paper and in such a manner vis-à-vis to Arenhold’s owner’s note on the second fly-leaf. The latter feebly browned, only at the corners more from previous binding. Quite isolated tiniest tears in the white margin backed acid-freely, only two with 1.7 and 2 cm resp. longer and in one case touching the platemark. – Some plates utterly discreetly part-colored particularly in the region of the decorations at head and stern by surely Arenhold.
A Frigate under all sail
The Wolf. Brig of War making Signal, & laying to, for a Pilot off Dover
The Thames. East Indiaman. 1424 tons. James Keith Forbes, commander
The Victory (First Rate) 104 guns. In Portsmouth Harbour 1828
Containing besides ships-of-the-line of various classes – including Nelson’s Victory – and frigates also East and West Indiamen ,
George Vancouver’s Discovery
in her final use as convict ship in Deptford – erroneously designated as James Cook’s ship – , interesting maneuvers like the brig with braced back sails signaling the pilot or the unloading of a collier , early steamboats – including the side-wheelers Rapid & United Kingdom – , The Stationer’s Barge as well as mud dredger and sheer hulk , foremost yet a plenty of coastal sailing boats common in North and Baltic Seas , including hay & canal barges and oyster boats as well as – especially rich & decorative – Scotch smacks , a Prussian snow , Dutch galliots & schuyts .
Cooke (Pentonville, London, 1811 – Groombridge, Sussex, 1888) copied already as a child in the workshop of his father George C. engravings from Barr’s Buffon and woodcuts by Bewick and drew as nine-years-old plants from nature for Loudon’s Encyclopedia of Gardening onto the wood block. Together with the father drawing and engraving of the color (!) plates for the Botanical Cabinet by Loddiges (1817-30) and
(John Munday in Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon).
A second edition of his Shipping and Craft, enlarged by 15 plates with coastal views from own design in the region of Cromer published separately about 1826 and 1830 resp., was published 1831.
Arenhold , initially naval officer and as such i. a. come to South America and China, took his leave as lieutenant-commander in 1881
to turn completely towards marine painting .
After studies with Heinrich Leitner (Vienna 1842 – Hamburg 1913) and Franz Johann Wilhelm Hünten (1822 Hamburg 1887) in Hamburg as well as Hans Gude (Christiania 1825 – Berlin 1903) in Berlin Arenhold settles down in Kiel in 1887, where he, himself owner of a sailing yacht, belongs to the founding members of the Naval Regatta Association, from which four years later the Imperial Yachting Club emerges and for whose almanac Arenhold provides the illustrations:
(Johann Schlick in Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon, vol. V , p. 4).
Present works on waste paper occasionally with typography shining through – including German gunboat , American full-rigged ship signaling a pilot (77) , Turkish iron-clad frigate (79) , Russian trade steamer (1878) , French gunboat (78) , “Jäger” (18/12 83) , In the Bay of Biscay. 1876 , French ship of the line , “Arminius” , Hamelin (76) , the Brazilian bark Altamarava (?; 76) , “Vineta” 5th Jan. 1877 weighing propeller , German iron-clad corvette , cutter yacht, cutter yacht under sail , French transporter (Singapore) , frigate (overlapping the following in the marginal area without uniting with this) , tea clipper / yacht , yacht / schooner , English clipper “Hereford” – yet
from the early period
as still active naval officer before the final turn towards marine painting and in such a manner
of quite special charm .
United moreover with Cooke’s Fifty Plates of Shipping and Craft, certainly serving both as inspiration and model, to a quite personal
“exemplaire enrichi :
grangerized book”, as proverbial own group of the extra set-up :
(Hans Bohatta in Löffler-Kirchner, Lexikon des gesamten Buchwesens, I , 512).
Augustus Abendroth , oldest son of Amandus Augustus A. (1767 Hamburg 1842) prominent as magistrate of Ritzebüttel and founder of the seaside resort Cuxhaven (1816) as well as – from 1831 – mayor of Hamburg and like this jurist, “distinguished himself by art loving, charity, and patriotic civic sense” (Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie I, 19). So 1822 he belonged to the 30 founding members of the art society Hamburg and later to the sponsors of the Art Gallery Hamburg. However, as merchant Abendroth bought and developed today’s ward Uhlenhorst, where the Auguststraße reminds of him till today, and engaged himself substantially in initiation, building, and running of the Hamburg-Berlin railroad. His widow bequeathed a part of his private book collection to the public library, others obviously were sold. So then 1873 supposedly also present copy descended practically directly into the estate of Arenhold.
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