Cheap Words make Money indeed –
but alone not a trusted Currency
Hogarth, William (1697 London 1764). Some of the Principal Inhabitants of ye Moon, as they Were Perfectly Discover’d by a Telescope brought to ye: Greatest Perfection since ye. last Eclipse; Exactly Engraved from the Objects, whereby ye: Curious may Guess at their Religion Manners, &c. (Royalty, Episcopacy and Law.) Engraving. Inscribed with text before. 10⅝ × 12 in (27.1 × 30.4 cm; subject size 9⅝ × 7⅜ in [24.5 × 18.6 cm]).
On a platform above the clouds as raised center figure the pope who lets the money machine spit by means of a prayer book – and thus demonstrating how even words can be turned into riches. At his right the monarch – his head being either a crown-piece or a guinea – receiving the moon ball as fief, additionally with symbols of fine arts. Enthroned on the left as the third of the alliance the law as the personified sword, not least a protector of prosperity figuring at its feet. Further two warriors and servants of the Lord. All by the way faceless. – Impression on strong paper from the plate retouched by the royal engraver James Heath (1757 London 1834) about 1822 (“Even these impressions have become relatively rare today though”, Art Gallery Esslingen 1970; and Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII , 625: “A fine edition”, esteemed also already by contemporary collectors of the rank of for instance an A. T. Stewart [Catalog of the Stewart Collection, New York 1887, 1221, “fine plates”]). – Trimmed below in the extremely wide platemark.
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– – – The same. Engraving by Thomas Cook (c. 1744 – London 1818). (1806-09.) Inscribed with the text above. Sheet size 10¾ × 8¼ in (27.3 × 21 cm).
Trimmed within the somewhat foxing or time-stained wide white platemark.
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What one can only dream of today
Proclamation (6874) by the Imperial and Royal district office Graz of May 13, 1819, concerning the free foreign exchange export by Polish citizens from Austria to Poland. No place & printer (1819). 13⅛ × 8⅛ in (33.2 × 20.5 cm). 1 page. With the printed signatures of district captain Franz Edler von Werner and the 1st district secretary Michael Kaltenegger.
Framing-fine broadsheet on untrimmed wide-margined laid paper. – For the purpose of execution of article 18 of the convention of May 3, 1815, between Austria and Russia it is promulgated according to court decree of April 8 + gubernial ordinance 8862 of April 21/30 “That the amount realized of property (of whatever origin) sold in the Austrian states may be exported to the Kingdom of Poland without deduction by the individuals propertied in Poland”. And thus without any restriction either.
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The Moment of Truth
The Value of Full-Bodied Promises
Appeal by the central administration in Carinthia of April 22, 1797, to the “citizens and inhabitants of the country of Carinthia” concerning the need of cover for the bonds circulating in the country. No place & printer. (1797). Sm. fol. 3 pp. With printed signature by Franz Count of Enzenberg.
Broadsheet intended daily use and accordingly rare
regarding the dramatic depreciation in value of the bonds issued by banks instead of cash as a special form of banknotes due to the turmoil of war. Which already “a considerable time before the marching in of the French army … reduced (the) circulation of cash substantially, and most payments were done with the so-called bonds … (as one) effect of the grown discredit for these bonds which one wants to get rid of while laying by the cash for coming cases and in the end tried to take with out of the country. The spirit of speculation … did its best to disparage the bonds from the dignity of a representing coin to an article of commerce.”.
Sentimentally wrapped thus the appeal to the citizens’ patriotism to prefinance the “foundation of a bonds dissolution fund” by changing cash to, at first, “insurance bonds”, later than “for true bonds or (again) cash, too”. But those who nevertheless resist to be put to the patriotic way, for those “unfeeling egotists … the ways of most shameful enrichment they pursued (would be) turned into ways of impoverishment”. Only by lawful means of course. Thus just as 200 years later those expropriated forty years before by then so-called totalitarian rulers remain dispossessed as comparable lepers by a now democratic constitutional state – and not least to its advantage.
Contemporary registration no. + receipt paraph on page 1 and the white fourth page resp. The almost torn asunder centerfold backed acid-freely. Otherwise on untrimmed wide-margined laid paper.
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„ herzlichen Dank für Ihre Expertise zu dem (Hogarth-)Kupferstich. Er ist wohlbehalten angekommen. Besten Dank für die schnelle Zusendung. Gruss aus … “
(Herr F. B., 1. März 2013)