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Unique first edition (1823) of a technical handbook for gold- and silversmiths and jewellers

SCHUL[T]ZE, Heinrich.
Der Gold- & Silberarbeiter und Juwelier nach allen seinen praktischen Verrichtungen. Ein vollständiges Handbuch dieses Gewerbes...
Ilmenau, B.F Voigt, 1823. 8vo. With 8 tables on separate leaves (6 on 3 folding plates bound at the end of the book), 109 tables in the text and 4 lithographed folding illustration plates signed by Uckermann. Contemporary marbled paper over boards, gold-tooled spine with light brown label. XII, 340, [4] pp.
€ 3,500
Only copy located of the first edition of handbook for goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers, written by the goldsmith and silversmith Heinrich Schultze. It describes the techniques used for work with gold and silver in the early 19th century. From page 245 on Schultze presents more than 100 tables that could help goldsmiths, silversmiths and jewellers calculate the price for purchasing and selling gold and silver and to help them carry out the best-known tests to determine the its fineness. The book ends with 4 lithographed plates, showing the latest forms of many products a goldsmith or silversmith might make: tea and coffee pots, brooches, pins, rings, earrings, necklaces, knockers, candlesticks, vases etc. It is a practical gold and silversmith's handbook, written for people in the trade and based on Schultze's own experience.
We have located no other copy of the present first edition of 1823. WorldCat records 1828 and 1887 editions, the former by the present publisher and with the same wording for the title, but with different pagination, so clearly not a reissue or a mistranscribed date. The Rijksmuseum has the third edition, published in 1836. We have found only one reference to this work in the relevant subject bibliographies: Sinkankas mentions it in his notes on Schultze's Praktisches Handbuch der Juwelierkunst und Edelsteinkunde, Leipzig, 1830, because in this later work, Schultze refers to the present 1823-edition.
With some marginal annotations with pencil on p. 340. Binding slightly worn around the edges, corners a little bumped, but otherwise a rare book in very good condition. Beilage zur Allgemeinen Zeitung, no. 202 (29 November 1823), p. 808; cf. Sinkankas 5893 note (mentioning some edition in or before 1830); WorldCat (3 copies of similar 1828 ed.).
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