Frankfurt am Main: Heinrich Keller, 1882. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio (16 1/4 x 11 3/4"). 12 plates. Original red quarter-cloth portfolio over red buckram casing with front cover with gilt lettered and decorated illustration in center panel of cover, framed by four panels with floral designs, beveled edges. Inside cover and two panles with meticulous floral design in white on gilt background. This is the initial 1882 collection of twelve heliogravures, issued as a portfolio. The photographs are taken by I. Schäfer. Binding by S. Kalman in Altona. A more extensive collection was published in 1886 in bookform.
The work is a collection of twelve fascinating heliogravure plates featuring paintings of 18th century Ashkenazi Jewish family life by Moritz Oppenheim. Each heliogravure is mounted to stiff white board with captions and decorative double frame in red; publisher reference below framing on each plate. The plates measure approximately 7.5 x 9" and iare printed in high quality heliogravure after the original paintings, laid down on heavy card stock.
Scenes included are the Sabbath observance, Bar-mitzvah, a wedding, the Festival of Sukkot, the Easter Evening, one each for the beginning and the end of the Sabbath, among others. Text in German. Portfolio with some wear. small closed tears at edges of head and tail of spine, some rubbing of back cover and minor chipping. Cardboard plates lightly age-toned, heliogravures in fine condition. Protected in modern mylar. Good to fine condition. Item #51568