FRESCOS
BENDEMANN, Eduard. [Cover title:] Der Fries im Thronsaale des Koeniglichen Schlosses in Dresden al fresco gemalt … Gezeichnet und radirt von Hugo Bürkner ...
Leipzig, Verlag von Georg Wigand [1846].  
Oblong slim folio (260 × 685 mm), 16 tinted etchings by Bürkner after Bendemann; with the original printed front wrapper (stamped 1846) bound in; some scattered foxing, largely in the margins; contemporary cloth, upper board lettered gilt; armorial bookplate of Edward Nicholas Hurt (1795–1867) of Lincoln’s Inn and his ink ownership signature to the wrapper.
First edition, the issue with the plates unfolded. Bendemann (1811–1889) was appointed professor at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 1838, and soon received a commission to paint the halls in the royal palace there. In the throne room, he created huge frescos featuring rulers and legislators from Moses to Henry the Fowler (d.936), and showing how the human soul progresses from an original state of innocence, through its earthly life, to salvation and Paradise. Wigand published Bürkner’s etchings of the frescos in two forms. As here, with the plates unfolded, printed on Chinese paper, and as an oblong 4to, prefaced by six pages of explanatory text, in German and English, with the etchings folded in half and mounted on stubs.
Not in Rümann. COPAC locates a sole copy, of the folded-plate issue, at the V&A.
£500   
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