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From Starting in Danzig

via London & Vienna

to the Mighty Berlin Financier of the Silent Era


“ The Worldwide Largest Print Collection ”

( Walter Kiaulehn )

Davidsohn, Sammlung Paul, Grunewald-Berlin. Kupferstiche Alter Meister. (Old Master Prints.) Catalog of the auctions. Preface by Max Friedländer. 3 text and 3 plate vols. in 3 pts. Leipsic, Boerner, 1920-21. 4to. VIII, 208 pp.; 2 ll., 216 pp.; 2 ll., 170 pp. With numerous partly full and half-page ills. in the text and on 128 plts. Half vellum with back-plate, vellum corners and marbled covers, estimate lists and all orig. covers bound with. Colored edges.

The  Catalog  of  the  legendary  Davidsohn  Collection

with its c. 10,000 old master prints from the XVth to the XVIIIth centuries offered for sale in 6,104 lots “the worldwide largest print collection” (Kiaulehn p. 322) beside that of Baron Lanna at Prague auctioned 12 years before.

Davidsohn, born in Danzig 1839, went to Scotland in 1858. Since 1862 as a merchant in London he moved to Vienna in 1882 and lived in Berlin since 1886. Here he had been one of the great men of the Berlin Union Film and the decisive financier of the Lubitsch movies The Eyes of the Mummy Ma and The Doll of 1918/19.

Printed by Poeschel & Trepte in Leipsic, the text on laid paper. The copy here in a

fine private binding with  Otto  Venediger’s  ex-libris .

The plates loose in portfolios bound with the respective text. Of very good condition except for a few pencil marks and slight mould stains resp. Vol. I, pl. 38, Dürer, present only half. Two-thirds of vol. I slightly dog-eared in the wide lower margin.

Offer no. 12,354 / EUR  476. / export price EUR  452. (c. US$ 546.) + shipping