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A set of 18th-century Dutch miniature books in deluxe binding

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    www.kb.nl/galerie/100hoogtepunten/066-en.html ... Bookbinding Made by Suenonius Mandelgreen. Middelburg, 1757. - 1793 F 106 Brown-carmine morocco,
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      Bookbinding Made by Suenonius Mandelgreen. Middelburg, 1757. - 1793 F

      Brown-carmine morocco, gold-tooled. The covers are filled with
      decorations of interlacing ribbons with foliage and flowers in the
      resulting compartments, made by many small tools. On both covers is a
      circumscription: `A grateful reminder of the honour bestowed on the
      5th of the autumn month 1757. On the occasion of the joyful dinner, on
      the happy birth of Willem Zelandus van Borssele, whom the Lord will
      appoint to the noble seat of his father, for the benefit of country
      and church, is the respectful wish of A.L. Callenfels, S. Mandelgreen
      and L. Taillefert. D.Z'. Signed at the bottom of the front cover `S.
      Mandelgreen fecit'. This bookbinding is a perfect example of the
      high quality of the most de luxe bindings in the Netherlands in the
      middle of the eighteenth century. It may be considered one of the most
      curious items of its time. The decoration on the covers reflects
      earlier decorations of bindings in France around 1600. This pattern
      was still popular in Germany and Scandinavia in the early eighteenth
      century, and it is found on many a Swedish craftsman's `masterpiece',
      sometimes with an elaborate circumscription. The maker of this
      binding, Suenonius Mandelgreen, knew them very well: he was born in
      Uppsala and undoubtedly received his training in that town. It is
      exceptional to find the signature of the binder on the binding. No
      other Dutch eighteenth-century de luxe binding bears the name of its
      maker, except for two other bindings by Mandelgreen. Circumscriptions
      of the covers are also rare; there are only a few Dutch bindings,
      including a series of ten bindings by Mandelgreen, with such an
      elaborate text on their covers. What makes this such a remarkable
      binding is the fact that it contains a small bookcase with miniature
      books, that can be turned upwards. No other example is known in the
      Netherlands, and it can only be compared with some miniature
      travelling libraries, notably from seventeenth-century England. But
      these have bindings containing a few shelves with small books on the
      inside of both covers. Another difference is that Mandelgreen's
      binding was not commissioned by a learned traveller for his own use,
      but a present from three prominent citizens of Middelburg on the
      occasion of the birth of Willem van Borssele, the young scion of one
      of the leading Zeeland families. The miniature books contain very
      appropriate texts, like the Bible, a history of the Netherlands, and
      other works with an educational bias. Mandelgreen worked in
      Middelburg between 1736 and 1758. He was mentioned as a printer in
      1756 and 1757 in the municipal accounts and was also an auctioneer.
      Only a few editions printed by him are known. In 1758 he started
      working together with the printers Callenfels and Taillefert for the
      publication of the Middelburgse Courant.
      Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National Library of the Netherlands

      a set of 18th-century Dutch miniature books in deluxe binding
      (Koninklijke Bibliotheek)
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