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The Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Collection of Armor and Arms

introduction by C. Otto v. Kienbusch

Princeton, NJ:  Princeton University Library, 1963  

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Green cloth covers are mostly clean, with gilt medallion on front.  Front cover shows a ripple running across.  Corners are sharp.  See photos. 
  • Spine has gilt text and is a little darkened, with firm ends.
  • Binding is tight.  
  • End papers/ pastedowns show little to no sign of age or wear.
  • Frontispiece, a photographic view of the armory, is present.
  • Illustrations, 164 plates, are bright and clear. 
  • Interior exhibits minimal signs of age and wear.  Some smudges at page 345.  See photos.  
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks.
  • Text block edges have gilt along head.  
  • Slipcase of black paper over boards is mostly clean.  
  • PS2024.0506

365 pages, 164 plates. 8.75 x 11.75 inches

A very good copy of the privately printed Catalogue, with 164 plates illustrating 762 objects, of the collection of arms and armor assembled by Carl Otto von Kienbusch (1884-1976).  Kienbusch, a New York City tobacco merchant, spent over sixty years acquiring his collection, with which he lived in his townhouse.  He bequeathed the collection to the Philadelphia Art Museum. 

Kienbusch named the collection Kretzschmar von Kienbusch after a Saxon forebear of his.  The collection is both ode and testament to the technical skill and artistry of the European armorers who wrought these items of protection, destruction, and display.


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