Auction 102

Lot 80:

FRANZ RITTER VON EPP SIGNED GUESTBOOK INFANTRY RGT 61

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FRANZ RITTER VON EPP (1868-1947) Reichsstatthalter for Bavaria and Reichsleiter of the NSDAP. Hand-illustrated guest book to commemorate the inauguration of the officers club for the III./Infantry Regiment 61 signed by FRANZ RITTER VON EPP on the first page adding the date of the inauguration day, January 11, 1939. The guestbook is bound in vellum and imprinted in black ‘Gaeste Buch IR 61 III..’ It features two watercolor and pencil drawings, one color pencil drawing, and one drawing in black ink. The first page bears a fine rendering of a Prussian infantry soldier in color pencil showing him full-length, standing beside two wreaths, one with a crown inside, and the other with the regiment’s designation, two red banners with swastikas at the bottom and von Epps signature. The next page bears a calligraphic announcement of the inauguration of the regiment’s officers. The next few pages feature bold signatures of over 50 officers and military staff, including General MAXIMILIAN SCHWANDNER (1818 – 1972), Oberst KURT HUBNER (1891 – 1954), Oberstlt. HUBERT LANZ (1896 – 1982). There follows another drawing, one titled: ‘Beer Evening’ and showing sausages and party-goers, followed by a 14-line poem mentioning those who attended their party, including police officials, city administrators, RAD officials, artists, hunters, etc. and signed by about sixty guests. A well-executed pencil and watercolor drawing of a soldier hoisting a stein with mountains in the background with the legend: ‘The Regiment was wearing a crown and the crown on the beer stein everyone knows, that’s why every musketeer likes to drink beer, even today’ is followed by about fifty signatures. Finally, there is a watercolor drawing of mess officers in uniform and a red swastika banner, titled: ‘A comfortable evening in the casino’ with about twenty ‘City Government’ signatures following. Some blank pages were removed.

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