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This great work of nine volumes that is in front of you is Die Balearen, the most comprehensive work there is on the landscape, customs and traditions of the Balearic culture of the nineteenth century, written by the Archduke Ludwig Salvator between 1869 and 1891.

Many of the illustrations of the book were made by the Archduke, who was also a great artist. He worked from a previous program that was published as a survey entitled Tabulae Ludovicianae, which he handed out to local people who he thought were the most appropriate to gather this information.

This is a first edition of the work published in German, of which only 100 copies were published, and which were not sold but rather were distributed free of charge among the people who helped in its writing and to the Archduke’s personal friends, such as this one which is dedicated to emperor Franz Joseph I.

The Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria Collection

Here you will find a collection dedicated to Archduke Ludwig Salvator, who was born in Florence in 1847, to the Astro-Tuscan branch of the ancient House of Habsurg. When he was 20 years old he decided to ignore the conventions and labels the court of Vienna and began exploration trips around the world in his ships Nixe I and Nixe II. He arrived in Mallorca in 1876 and, over the course of forty years, bought up land, houses and summer residences, mostly between the districts of Deiá and Valldemossa. In this collections, made up of artistic, documentary and bibliographic records from his estate, Son Moragues and private collections, you can see more than 70 scientrific publications and books written by the Archduque, as well as photographs and souvenirs of his travels, possessions of his, evidence of the relationship the Archduke mainatained with Erwin Hurbert, Vuillier Gaston and his lover Catalina Homar, the namesake of one of his books.

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