Köln: Reederei Braunkohle GmbH, 1943. Original document. Hardcover. Extravagant rendering to honor director Carl Theissen for his 25 years of service to the Rheinische Braunkohle Syndikat in two volumes.
Vol. 1: Folio. 5 leaves. Original full page copper plates with embossed frames and mounted trade symbol on front cover, attached to brown full leather binding with gilt ruling on inside leather seem. Half-title with gilt-stamped architectural image and two brown coal bricks in black. Designed by O. Lehmann. Contains congratulatory remarks, with decorative elements and imagery in lithography. Signed by an official representative for a number of companies, all listed with representatives from each company, names highlighted in red. Gilt decorative elements throughout and lithograph of Cologne with view of the Cologne Dome on last page.
Vol. 2: Elephant Folio. (1) 28 leaves. Original handmade grained light brown goat leather with flaps and brown decorative elements on cover. The content of this volume is fully rendered by hand, with date in calligraphy and signed on first leave, elaborate decorative congratulatory page in color, followed by dedication page in red and black calligraphy with gray watercolor frame in two colors, four full page watercolors with descriptive calligraphy, and twenty-one leaves with watercolor imagery as headpieces, and framed list of signatures by employees of twenty-one companies of the trade as well as crews of various coal freighters. Laid in a full vellum page with congratulatory address to Carl Theissen in red and black. Decorative initial. Fine condition. Item #46701