[Bindings]. 18th cent. sharkskin wallet binding with richly moulded silver plate with view of the Amsterdam harbour on frontcover,
with ornamental silver name plate w. engraved "Christian Scholten" above the central plate and a similar ornamental silver plate with engraved "opper Commisaris van de Waalen 1748" below the central plate, four silver corner ornaments and on backcover a silver lock consisting of a silver catch w. a view of the Schreiers toren within richly decorated borders and an ornamental silver clasp with the coat of arms of Amsterdam and a lion, four silver corner ornaments, 3 (of 4) silver decorated pins in backstrip and folding flap, a silver stylus with glass (or crystal?) top w. black flecks which can be fastened on the inside of the backstrip, green silk pocket on inside of wallet and silver strips around sides of the binding. - LOOSELY INSERTED: Nieuw geïnventeerde Koopmans Comptoir- en Schrijf-Almanach, Op het Jaar onses Heeren Jesu Christi MDCCLXIII. Amst., Erve de Wed. Gysbert de Groot, (1762), (54) lvs (calendar); (12) lvs (fairs, postal information etc. by Dirk Jansz. van Dam), (2) specially prepared leaves (with ground bone) for annots. with silver stylus, contemp. marbled wrappers, a.e.g.
- Binding sl. warped and folding flap sl. split at ends of outer fold. Otherwise very fine.
= Important and remarkable AMSTERDAM BINDING made for CHRISTIAN SCHOLTEN, whose name (and the names of various of his descendants) is written on the final two specially prepared leaves for writing with the stylus. Christian Scholten (1722-1799), was one of the four main harbour masters of Amsterdam, who were in charge of maintenance and order of the harbour and who held office in the Schreierstoren. The Rijksmuseum has a painting by Wijbrand Hendriks portraying a group of four "oppercommissarissen" one of whom is identified as Christian Scholten. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXXV.