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Gothenburg, Ludwig Fehr, 1822

Oblong 4to (238 x 295 mm.), 48 litho plates (one folding, numbered 1–48) by Ludwig Fehr after drawings by Per Nordquist, original blue litho front wrapper with title and imprint bound in, with part list of plates on verso; bound in contemporary calf backed orange marbled boards, modest gilt spine, with small nick to foot of spine. Contemporary mss. ownership inscription ‘Karl V. Regnell’; early 20th-century bookplate of Kurt Winberg.


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First edition of a scarce series of fine and curious Swedish caricatures, printed in lithography by Ludwig Fehr, a native of Germany, who, together with Carl Müller, had introduced the process to Sweden by setting up the first lithographic press at Stockholm in 1817/18. In 1820 Fehr left for southern Sweden and settled for a while in Gothenburg where he established another lithographic press. Later he moved again to set up the first lithographic press in Kristiana in Norway; in 1823 his son Ludwig the younger joined the business.

Per Nordquist was a Swedish landscape painter and caricaturist. He was a pupil of the Stockholm Academy, travelled to Paris in 1802 and was in Italy from 1804 where he stayed until his untimely death aged only thirty-five in Naples in 1805.

Sune Ambrosiani, Litografins första skede i Sverige, 1818-1835, p. 21; not in M. Twyman, Early Lithographed books; OCLC locates only the Harvard copy and the National Library of Sweden copy.

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