Joannis Bernardi Nack Bookplate by Johann Heinrich Wicker and De St. Hilaire, 1759 [Two-Sided Ex Libris]

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Book Condition: Very Good


Joannis Bernardi Nack Bookplate by Johann Heinrich Wicker and De St. Hilaire, 1759, 8.4 by 13.3 cm. Used, very good with faint skinning on the De St. Hilaire side (see below) and a 3 mm tear on the bottom edge. This double-sided bookplate—with one side engraved by De St. Hilaire in 1759 and the other side engraved by Wicker sometime after that, is, in Walter Hamilton’s view, “one of the most curious, and perhaps one of the scarcest, known.” (Dated Book-plates, 1895) Nack was a bookseller in Frankfurt, which helps decipher the design. In German Book-plates it states that Nack’s plate was “coarsely engraved by De St. Hilaire, 1759, after a design by Dr. Osterländer. Becoming dissatisfied with this, as may easily be imagined, Nack had the same design—a merchant in front of Minerva, with Mercury, the sea, and a seaport town—engraved afresh by Wicker. For the sake of economy the new ex libris were printed, lightly coloured [this copy is not colored], on the back of the former plates, a procedure which is probably unique” (Leiningen-Westerburg, p. 274). Looking at the designs, I can agree that the work by Wicker is much more detailed, proportionate, and life-like, while the De St. Hilaire side has an almost comic look. It would also explain why this plate was glued into a book, based on the light skinning, with the Wicker engraving facing out, but more research is needed. Regardless of the explanation, this is a rare and unusual bookplate. Hamilton, pp. 336.

Title: Joannis Bernardi Nack Bookplate by Johann Heinrich Wicker and De St. Hilaire, 1759 [Two-Sided Ex Libris]

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Categories: Bookplates (Ex Libris),

Publisher: 1759

Binding: Bookplate

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2816