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Album amicorum / Stammbuch / Memory book or friendship book

The album amicorum, Stammbuch [German for "album"], the memory or friendship book or album contains entries made by friends, relatives and acquaintances of the owner. Such entries include proverbs and sayings, best wishes, drawings and the like. Nowadays the only albums still in use are poetry albums and guest books. The album amicorum [German also "Stammbuch"] was especially widespread in the late 18th century and during the 19th in bourgeois and student circles. The album is presumably the fruit of several traditions, such as the genealogical table cultivated since the early Middle Ages primarily in noble and aristocratic families or the Geschlechterbuch [German], genealogical guides to members of particular families rather than to the nobility, aristocracy and gentry in general as in England. Further, tournament books also existed, in which those taking part in a tournament would enter their names and coats of arms and possibly also their mottoes and devices. In Germany the friendship book was widespread from the 16th century in bourgeois circles and among scholars and students. Its popularity also grew among craftsmen and artists. The primary function of a Stammbuch album is, apart from originally recording origins and genealogy, to record and confirm relationships across time and distance for posterity. Until the late 18th century, German albums were mainly bound sheets of vellum paper or paper, usually in octavo and mainly in the elongated format. Later albums increasingly became collections of loose sheets in small cassettes or portfolios. Bindings range from simple cardboard bindings to gold-tooled leather or parchment bindings. Depending on the imagination, degree of education and skill of the person making an entry in an album, entries might consist in drawings, engravings, embroidery, paper silhouettes, locks of hair, pressed flowers or the like.

Current Offers for: Album amicorum / Stammbuch / Memory book or friendship book

Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch Baldinger. Jena 1743-44.

Sale 418 - Nov. 17/18., 14
Lot 3 - in 17 days
1743
4,000 EUR / 5,240 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Studentenstammbuch. Göttingen. 1774-95

Sale 418 - Nov. 17/18., 14
Lot 614 - in 17 days
1774
1,200 EUR / 1,572 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch, Dresden, Jena u. a. 1802-41

Sale 418 - Nov. 17/18., 14
Lot 615 - in 17 days
1802
400 EUR / 524 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch. Dresden. 1874-79.

Sale 418 - Nov. 17/18., 14
Lot 617 - in 17 days
1874
300 EUR / 393 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch. Bll. der Freundschaft. Eisenach u. a. 1829-43.

Sale 418 - Nov. 17/18., 14
Lot 616 - in 17 days
1829
300 EUR / 393 $
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Stammbuch 1791

  - Stammbuch des Theologen L. Creutzer, Jena 1791.

Sale 287 - May 24/25., 04
Lot 1103
1791
53,820 EUR / 70,504 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Schmiedeberg, Blätter der Erinnerung. 1835-39.

Sale 391 - May 21, 12
Lot 92
1835
15,600 EUR / 20,436 $
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Stammbuch N. Weber

  - Stammbuch N. Weber.

Sale 328 - Nov. 19/20., 07
Lot 94
1720
14,400 EUR / 18,864 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch des Johann v. Bassen. 1595.

Sale 359 - Nov. 16/17., 09
Lot 3
1595
10,200 EUR / 13,362 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch der Princesse de Faucigny-Lucinge (1891-1913).

Sale 373 - Nov. 22, 10
Lot 95
1891
7,800 EUR / 10,218 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch Wolfg. v. Honsberg, 1575-1579.

Sale 359 - Nov. 16/17., 09
Lot 700
1575
7,800 EUR / 10,218 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Stammbuch des Johann Speimann. 1585.

Sale 359 - Nov. 16/17., 09
Lot 4
1595
7,680 EUR / 10,060 $
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Album amicorum

 Album amicorum - Autographen-Sammelalbum. Ca. 1525-1775

Sale 379 - May 23, 11
Lot 534
1525
5,400 EUR / 7,074 $
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Jawlensky

Alexej von Jawlensky - Gästebuch Haus Borgmann mit Skizze von Jawlensky, 1929

Sale 366 - May 17/18., 10
Lot 832
1929
4,560 EUR / 5,973 $
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Album amicorum

Alexej von Album amicorum - Stammbuch des Peter Robert van Wylich. 1750

Sale 373 - Nov. 22, 10
Lot 472
1750
3,600 EUR / 4,716 $
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