SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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BILLMARK, Carl Johan.

Paris, Lemercier, circa 1859.
Paris, Lemercier, circa 1859.

FIRST EDITION. Folio. Lithographed title with a list of plates in Swedish and French. Twelve fine chromolithographed plates PRESENTATION COPY from Queen Josephine of Sweden with the inscription, by hand, at the head of the title. Original morocco-backed cloth with decorative gilt border and corner pieces, spine in gilt compartments with gilt banding, a small royal monogram on upper board, spine in gilt. The Upper and lower boards faded in part. Overall an excellent example. Plates in this edition are untitled. Gripsolm has long been a favourite of the Swedish Royal family - the present castle was rebuilt by King Gustav I in 1537. It was used as a prison between 1713 and 1773 until King Gustav III renovated it on behalf of his consort Sophia Magdalena. Gripsolm is situated in south-central Sweden, in Sodermanland, by Lake Malaren, near Stockholm. It is considered one of Sweden's finest historical monuments. Carl Johan Billmark (1804 - 1870) was a Swedish landscape painter who produced several delightful lithographic works of his native country and other European cities and landscapes. Coloured plates in order: 1. [General view of the castle across the lake]. 2. [The castle amid a bleak winter scene, with people in the foreground]. 3. [A portion of the castle as seen through an archway]. 4. [Night scene procession within an inner courtyard]. 5. [Interior scene of a chamber with a couple and small child seated on a bench]. 6. [Interior scene of a chamber with a pair of courtiers in conversation with a hunting dog standing at their feet]. 7. [Interior scene of the Royal family amongst their courtiers]. 8. [Interior scene featuring young women seated around a fireplace conversing with a courtier, while another young lady reads in a chair, with a courtier looking over her shoulder]. 9. [Interior scene of male and female courtiers seated and standing around a table, conversing in an ornately decorated formal room]. 10. [A crowded interior scene of a formal candlelit dinner]. 11. [Bleak interior scene of a gentleman staring out of his small prison cell window]. 12. [Exterior view of a portion of the castle at night, with a couple strolling and conversing within the castle grounds].