1895. Valparaiso. Folio (550 x 430 mm). 1 ff. Impressive presentation binding of leather with front board embossed with blind tooling with the portrait of Bismarck surrounded by putti holding laurels highlighted in gold, the Imperial crest at top, all surrounded by green silk ribbon. Illuminated manuscript on vellum, slight discoloration to margins, overall in excellent condition.
A fascinating South American gift to Bismarck from the German population of Valparaiso (Chile), in the form of a calligraphic manuscript on vellum illustrating different views of Valparaiso in a spectacular binding with the portrait of Bismark. The manuscript is written in a fine gothic calligraphy, decorated with a wide frame portraying Valparaiso´s famous port at the top, and from a hill at the bottom, a side image shows a landscape of the Cordillera de los Andes; both upper and lower inner corners show the arms of Bismarck at the top and Chile at the bottom. Signed at the end by the Consul General of Germany Maximilian von Loehr in the name of the Dutch of Valparaiso.
Otto von Bismarck, Prince of Bismarck (1815 – 1898) was a Prussian statesman and an important figure in European affairs of the last half of the 19th century, he is considered the mastermind of the unification of German States into a powerful German Empire.