Unrepeatable as the Collection
of this Nimrod of Hunting Collectors of all Ages
The Catalog without Equal
Schwerdt, C. F. G. R. Hunting, Hawking, Shooting illustrated in a Catalogue of Books, Manuscripts, Prints, and Drawings Collected by (himself). 4 (sic: four) vols. London, Waterlow & Sons for the Author, 1928-37. Reprint. With an introduction by Kurt Lindner in English-German parallel text. 1985. 4to. With
382 partly folded (2 double full-page) plates .
The as rich as magnificently illustrated catalog
of the as legendary as unrepeatable Schwerdt Collection ,
published then in a lavishly designed private print of just 300 copies whose printing plates were destroyed afterwards, and which since long is an as dearly wanted as highly paid trouvaille.
Dissolved in 1939, the legendary and unrepeatable collection comprised the hunt in all its manifestations. Shown in rare plenty of precious manuscripts, rare as common books, rare prints, admirable drawings and pictorial originals. And this multitude so carefully cataloged by his wife Mathilde that the visual pleasure about the rich plate material is complemented by the usability as judgmental solid bibliography.
“ The Schwerdt catalogue ranges from early works to those of the present century, mainly from European countries, but also from America and Asia. It is a scholarly work, its contents expertly collated, with informative notes on many items ”
(Snelgrove, British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874, A Catalogue of The Paul Mellon Collection, p. IX).
The bibliophile magic of the original catalog this slightly reduced reprint shall and cannot pretend. Nevertheless it is inevitably more than just the indispensable bibliographic aid closing a dire gap. For due to its complete plate part it is at the same time the reflected glory of the absolute.
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