Stephen Herold Books and Documents

Fine and Rare Books

The Statute Book of the Austrian Order of the Iron Crown, Original 1816 Issue

One of the most attractive orders books we have ever seen in VG+ to near fine condition with its original blue cloth binding with orange-gold watered silk doubletures. Apx. 11" x 17" on heavy handmade paper, the German portion printed in Schwabacher and the Italian in Bodoni, with five copper engravings of the robes and badges of the order. The binding is in the colors of the order ribbon — dark blue and orange-gold — and so gives an accurate display of the controversial and virtually unknown ribbon colors. There were less than 75 knights at this early period and so the print run of this statute book was very small.

VG+ and very rare thus


The Statute Book of the Austrian Order of Leopold, final 1908 Issue

An attractive and scarce order statute book in VG condition bound in red cloth with white watered silk doubletures. Apx. 11" x 17" on heavy handmade paper, and likely printed from the original engraved plates of 1808. At the back it has all the changes and additions to the regulations that were made up to 1908. Thus this is a complete collection of all the regulations of the order up to its going obselete in 1918.

The number of knights of the Leopold Order was much smaller than for the Iron Crown and so the print runs would have been equally small, and these volumes are quite scarce today. It contains 10 engraved plates of the insignia and robes of the order down to the final authorization of “kriege decoration” and “kleine decoration”. The binding is VG or better with slight soiling, some sunning to the top of the back cover, a small impact spot to the back cover and the binding only slightly loosened where prints are tipped in.

VG and scarce


Das Buch von Grossen Krieg

Generalleutnant Baron Helmolt
2 vols., Leipzig (c. 1917)
Published while the war was still on this volume is a very thorough history of both German and Austrian campaigns into 1917. Well illustrated in color and black and white with many magnificent, frameable two page color art prints as well as folding maps. The best contemporary account of the war from the Austro-German side I've seen. In German using old Fraktur type.

Also see my Calligraphy Books.