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Title: Juwelebnstoet: uitgangen te Amntwerpen, den 12, 15 en 19Augustus 1923; Cortège des Bijoux: Sorti à Anvers...; Jewels Pageant Display at Antwerp on August 12th, 15th and 19th. [Eerste originele druk; First and original edition].
Description: Antwerpen-Anvers-Antwerp, Leclercq & De Ridder (=Willem Elsschot; pseud. Alfons de Ridder), 1923. oblong 4°. (330x250mm.). Original flexible full calf. Gilded covertitle and two gilded Coat-of-Arms at tail. Top-edge gilded. Narrow inside dentelle, decorative gilded moiré silken doublures. Hftitle (verso blank), Ti.-p. printed in red and black type. name-lists of organizing and sponsoring committee members. 19 unnumbered leaves of text in flemish, french and english describing together 64 fine coloured plates illustrating the Pageant of Diamonds, captioned in flemish, french and english on tissue-guerds, red coloured initials. Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies, this copy bears nr. 704. The Jewels Pageant, which displayed its splendours in the Antwerp streets, on August 12th, 15th and 19th 1923, was a princely present from the Diamond commerce to the Town. Text and plates supply a variety of information about the diamond exploration and trade dispolayed in the Cavalcade: Working of a Diamond Mine, Louis Van Bercken in his Studio, Empress Josephine inspects the coronation-jewels; America, The Earth, Source of Precious Stones, Sale of Diamonds by the Rajah of Pannan, Reception at the House of a Samurai, Foreign Nations render hommage to the Antwerp Diamond Trade. This Album is not only of interest for activities during the 1923 Antwerp World Fair, it also illustrates Fine costume design as a part of the Pageant. Good to very good and clean copy. (name on f.e.p., spine ends damaged but skilfully restored, some minimal shaving to edges of covers).

Keywords: pageant cavalcade diarmonds trade jewels antwerp worldfair exhibition cavalcade costume design trade commerce mining belgium

Price: EUR 275.00 = appr. US$ 298.88 Seller: Antiquarian Booksellers Gemilang
- Book number: 54523