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Book: "Die Kunst, Servietten zu falten"

PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:05 pm
by Edwin Corrie
This looks quite interesting. I can't see a date or author, but it seems to be an old Austrian book, now available as a modern reprint. There's a partial preview at Google Books:

Re: Book: "Die Kunst, Servietten zu falten"

PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:57 pm
by Joan Sallas
revised the 26th March 2013

Die Kunst, Servietten zu Falten: mit einer Einleitung über das Tafeldecken und Servieren“ (Bremen: Salzwasser Verlag im Europäischen Hochschulverlag, Dezember 2009, ISBN 9783861951438) was published as facsimile of the booklet „Die Kunst Servietten zu falten: mit 39 Abbildungen und einer Einleitung über das Tafeldecken und Servieren“ (Wien: Verlag der Wiener Mode, ca. 1892, 3rd edition), which original was taked from the german Library SLUB (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden). Originary the volume was propiety of Mr. Walter Putz, living in Baden-Baden, who maked a generous donatiton of all his privat cooking library to this public Library. Here the link: ... bd038603f5

The quality of the Salzwasser „facsimile“ that I received is really very bad: the print is absolutly gray, the original size isn't respected, the titel page is ignored, there's no introduction or comment about this very interesting and popular booklet, and there's no reference about the original work and library from which was taked. The price for this document is really not fair too.

Die Kunst Servietten zu falten: mit 39 Abbildungen und einer Einleitung über das Tafeldecken und Servieren“ was published since 1890 almost until the 13th edition by the publisher Verlag der Wiener Mode in Vienna. The mentioned 39 Abbildungen (39 pictures) aren't really pictures, but 39 diferents folding models. The booklet contain really 52 pictures. It looks that it was a succes because it was published every year a new edition (1st ed., 1890; 2nd ed., ca. 1891; 3rd ed. ca. 1892; 4th ed. ca. 1893; 5th ed., ca. 1894; 6th ed., ca. 1895; 7th ed., ca. 1896; 8th ed. 1897; 9th ed. ca. 1898; 10th ed., ca. 1899; 11th ed., ca. 1900; 12th ed., ca. 1901; 13 ed., ca. 1902).

Almost until the 13th edition it was published the edition number on the title page, and almost since the 11th edition it was printed more publication places: Wien, Leipzig, Berlin and Stuttgart, and in the exterior title page mentioned „mit 63 Abbildungen“ (with 63 pictures), and in the interior titlel page mentioned „[...] mit 57 Abbildungen und einer Einleitung: Das Tafeldecken und Servieren. Mit 6 Abbildungen [...]“ (also total 63 illustrations mentioned, but in this edition they are really only 56 pictures and 42 models).

Almost since ca. 1904 the booklet was revised and augmented by the publisher Verlag von J. Gnadenfeld & Co. in Berlin (printed in the Gesellschaft für graphische Industrie, in Vienna). Almost three Gnadenfeld editions were only in thousands exemplars numbered (40th-45th tsd. , ca. 1904; 46th-50th tsd., ca. 1906; 51th-55th tsd., ca. 1908), without edition number. The print quality of the 51th-55th tsd. edition was really very bad and in a very poor paper. It looks that after that it was no more edited.

The 40th-45th tsd. edition was selled as separate booklet together with the german cooking book of Anna StroblDie praktische Wiener Küche. Universal-Kochbuch für den besseren Bürgerstand. Nebst einem Küchenzettel für alle Tage des Jahres u. einem Beiheft: Die Kunst Servietten zu falten. 40.-45. Tsd.“ (Wien, Leipzig: Josef Rubinstein's Vlg., [1904])

In the last Gnadenfeld editions they were 42 diferent folding models: Die Rolle, Der Marineknoten, Die Bouquetsäule, Die Muschel, Die Fächersäule, Die Gigerlschuh, Der Blumentopf, Der Vogel, Der vierblätterige Klee, Der Kohlkopf, Die Tellertulpe, Die Fächerpyramide, Das Tabakblatt, Der Stern, Die Taschenserviette, Der Pantofel, Runder Fächer, Fächer mit gezahmtem Rand, Fächer mit Mittelblatt, Fächer in Lilienblattform, Chinesischer Fächer, Das doppelte Lilienblatt, Die Palme, Die Palette, Der Schmetterling, Die Eiertasche, Englische Tasche, Die Doppelvase, Das Körbchen, Die einfache Mütze, Chinesische Mütze, Die Bischofsmütze, Das Doppelschiffchen, Der Papagei, Der Pavillon, Die Doppeldüte, Die Harmonika, Die Faltentasche, Die einfache Rose, Die gleichseitige Fächer, Die Lilie.

All this folding models, their writed folding instructions and their pictures have almost four sources:

# Models from Célestin MottonL'école des meilleures cuisinières bourgeoises par Célestin Motton cuisinier. Avec le concous des principaux chefs de cuisine des premières maisons de Paris. Ouvrage indispensable aux cuisiniers et cuisinières ainsi qu'aux maistresses de maison. Contenant 250 gravures sur bois pour la démonstration et 20 planches en chromolithographie” (Paris: Ract et Falquet, libraires-éditeurs [ca. 1878] pages 811-822)

# Models from Agnès Verboom «L'art de plier les serviettes de table» (Bruxelles, Paris: Journal des Dames et des Demoiselles, 1889)

# Models without determined source (perhaps original from Verlag der Wiener Mode, but observing the diferent graphic design and style of the pictures, probably from diferent sources)

# Models added probably by Verlag von J. Gnadenfeld & Co

This booklet received a hard critic in the 4th edition of Heinrich Louis Fritzsches "L. Fritzsches Illustriertes Servietten-Album. Tischdecken - Servieren - Serviettenbrechen - Tranchieren" (Frankfurt a. M.: Adolf Detloff, 1894), but it was very popular and his models were taked, plagied or redrawed in many other books like by Henriette Löffler [Henriette Huttenloche] "Löffler-Bechtel's großes Illustriertes Kochbuch" (Ulm: J. Ebner, [1897], pages. 115-130), Josef Dumek Österreichische Officiersküche. Enthaltend 1202 Receote, 400 Speisezettel und e. Anhang: Die Kunst, die Servietten zu legen“ (Brunn: Karafiat & Sohn Verlag, 1899) or the published by G. Manthei, director of the Berliner Dienerschule (Berlin Servants School) „Lehrbuch für den Herrschaftlichen Diener und die Kunst Servietten zu falten“ (Berlin: Berliner Dienerschule, [um 1894], 1st edition) and „Der Herrschaftliche Diener. Lehrbuch zum Selbstunterricht nebst praktischer Anleitung zum Serviettenbrechen. 2. vermehrte und verbesserte Auflage“ (Berlin: Berliner Dienerschule, [1896], 2nd edition)

In the extensive napkin folding bibliography of my own book "Gefaltete Schönheit" (Wien, Freiburg i. Br.: Selfpublished, 2010) I mentioned the editions of this booklet sadly in a wrong order. I wait to publish the second german edition or the first english edition to correct it.

In the Padore Library/Archive are present the originals of the follow editions of "Die Kunst Servietten zu falten": 1st, 11th, 13th, 40-45. tsd., 46.-50 tsd., 51-55. tsd., and of course, the poor facsimile edition published by Salzwasser Verlag, as well as the mentioned works of Agnès Verboom, Célestin Motton, Henriette Löffler and G. Manthei.

If I have the time, I will comment later something more about "Die Kunst servietten zu falten"

joan sallas

Re: Book: "Die Kunst, Servietten zu falten"

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:38 am
by Edwin Corrie
I never realised there were so many editions of this - it was obviously a very popular work, though it's interesting to read Joan's comments.

It was on for €10, so I decided to take a chance. It's a lot smaller and thinner than I imagined, and the publisher's price of €19.90 does seem rather high ( It's a 2009 reprint of the third edition (1894) with 39 "Abbildungen" (actually models, not illustrations) in 31 pages. The print is a bit blurred but still legible. I'm not sure I would have paid €19.90 for it, but at €10 I'm quite pleased to have it. also has copies for around £10, or you can download a PDF copy from the SLUB website that Joan mentioned.

Re: Book: "Die Kunst, Servietten zu falten"

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:47 am
by Joan Sallas
The 3rd edition (as well as all the editions of this booklet) are not dated. So, the former owner of the copy in the SLUB-Library in Dresden, Walter Putz, a man from Dresden living in Baden-Baden who collected all his life one of the bigest german gastronomic libraries, suposed 1894 as publication year, and writed it on his self maked cover of his booklet. When a few years ago the SLUB-Library received the whole library from Walter Putz, the suposed year remained in the catalog, but as ca. 1894.

But regarding the editions that I researched, and observing the years and frequenz in which was possible to publish each edition, I supose and propose that this 3rd edition was ca. 1892 published.