SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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Stockholm, Munich ca. 1880
Purchased at NY book fair 2020
Stockholm, Munich ca. 1880

Uppkomsten af Bockbiret. (The Origin of Bock Beer). Stockholm, Munich, ca. 1880. Oblong-4to. With 10 (5 monogr.) original water-colour plates, including the title page, whereby 5 signed by the painter. Each watercolour includes a handwritten text by the painter. Contemp. red full morocco, gilt, all edges gilt, internally decorated edging, marbled endpapers, raised bands in blind to spine, gilt lettering in compartment 2. (signed: Gustaf Hedberg, Stockholm). The history and origin of bock beer, painted by the Swedish artist Carl Gustaf Hellquist (1851-1890). Hellquist, who later lived in Munich and Berchtesgaden, was one of Sweden's most popular historical painters in the 19th century. - A fine copy. The style known now as bock was a dark, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the Hanseatic town of Einbeck. The style from Einbeck was later adopted by Munich brewers in the 17th century and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. With an original sales receipt from A,-B. SVENSK-FRANSKA KONSTGALLERIET in Stockholm to 'Herr Jagmastare (academic title) Hultmark' in October 1932 for 330 Swedish kr. Sold in 2015 presumably after the death of the son of Mr. Hultmark - Mr Bengt Hultmark, a well known Swedish architect. Colour plates in order: 1. Title page "The origin of Bockbier". 2. "Early in the morning on the first of May, the Brandenburger (horse breed from Germany) trotted in to the palace courtyard." 3. "Pay attention cup-bearer - so the Brunswicker (person from Braunsweig in Germany) don't throw you off the saddle!" 4. "The Duke with his Knight listens to the cup-bearer". 5. "The page tasting the Braunschweiger drink..." 6. "This saw a servant from the lobby of the Duke's dining hall." (a drunken body is discovered) 7. "My goodness Sir Knight, has the beer made you fall in the sand?" 8. "Then the Knight departed unseen, and went to the courtyard to get some fresh air." 9. "The cup-bearer received his barrel of Tokayer from the Knight, and from the Duke received exclusive privileges as from the first of May, during 'Corpus Christi' to sell his Bock Beer." 10. "But his name was already dead by the summer."