BIRK. Mich. Katalog / Catalogue / Catalogo No. 4.
(Tuttlingen, Germany): Mich. Birk, no date (c.1900). First edition. Quarto. 290 pages plus 31 page index. A beautiful and opulent catalogue, of the still active company Mich. Birk in Tuttlingen. The volume shows an extensive range of advertising and packaging material, medical-technical articles as well as clinic and pharmacy equipment, from perfume bottles to scalpels and lozenge piercers to an amazingly imaginative selection of condoms (“condoms, seamless, best quality rubber, shaped like a little Tyrolean hat”). Also includes 16 pages showing coloured lithographic advertising labels (sometimes folded double sheets). A near fine copy in decorated brown cloth with gilt lettering. A very nice copy of this impressive catalogue.
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