(Leipzig: Otto Spamer, 1868). 8 x 11. 4 leaves + 31 plates+ a 2-page July 1868 price list. The 3-column text (numbered as xvi pages) provides an introduction and description of the plates. Plates I-IV contain 118 mounted specimens of decorated papers by Alois Dessauer of Aschaffenburg. These are marbled, glazed solid colors, textured (basket weave, floral, pebbled, diapered, etc.), and patterned, many with gilt. Each specimen is numbered. The facing recto gives their names, sizes, and prices. Other plates are mostly binding designs: rules, rolls, stamps, corner pieces, central medallions, vignettes, and entire covers, some for "splendid deluxe bindings." There are also 2 plates of type specimens, 7 (of 8) specimens of English calico, and a blind-embossed paper binding.
Light foxing on text pages; marginal browning & some marginal closed tears on plates. Issued in printed wraps, with the upper wrap bearing the title page, this copy is in contemporary quarter leather & leather tips with marbled boards, worn around all the edges. There is no wrap/title page. A good+ copy. Item #18108
Rare, elaborate advertising supplement to Ludwig Brade's practical bookbinding manual. It seems to have been issued in a small number for major commercial bookbinders. The engraved binding stamps are from the Albert Falckenberg foundry. One plate is a very large, folding advertisement for Falckenberg. Type specimens are from Gustav Schelter foundry. The price list is for printing machinery from Gebrüder Heim. And the embossed binding is by R. Gerhold.
Each leaf is in landscape format, 14 inches wide inches. All plates are tipped to hinges. The paper specimens are hinged at left edge and are folded. The other plates are hinged in the middle and lay flat. While the introduction calls for 34 plates, plates 27-29 were apparently never issued. This copy has empty hinges. The copy at Deutsche Nationalbibliothek has 3 completely blank leaves. Bernard Middleton's copy at RIT has 31 plates. It is the only copy located in the U. S. Not in Mejer.