Clara von Richthofen was the paternal great-aunt of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. She was the sister of Julius Georg Ludwig, the father of Albrecht von Richthofen, who was the father of Manfred and Lothar von Richthofen. Clara was born in 1829 and died in Berlin 1909. This album which was presented to her in 1845 by a favorite uncle (a von Berenhorst). There are numerous entries mostly from the 1840’s and 1850’s. There is at least one item as late as the 1870’s. She married Guido von Busse in 1850, and although they were married for 38 years, she had no children; which is why this album would have passed down into the Red Baron’s family. This very high quality album, in which Clara made entries for many years, is the journal and art album of a young Prussian noblewoman starting at the age of sixteen. On the opposite page from the dedication by her Uncle is her autograph, “Clara von Richthofen.” As the album develops we see the art and writings of a romantic young woman. There are lithographs (colored and black and white) of places that she visited and people that she admired. Many of these images have captions which due to their age are somewhat faded. There are several poems sprinkled through the album. As you go through the album there are also several examples of pressed flowers and leaves which are surprisingly nice for being one hundred and fifty years old. There are also at least two concert programs from concerts which she attended in the 1850’s and 1870’s. There are also several original sketches done by Clara and while I am far from an art expert, she seemed quite talented to me. Many of these sketches are in pencil but there is one that she sketched and then colored. Speaking of colored sketches there that she did of an “Uncle Richthofen” that is quite spirited and the old gentleman has a very prominent nose. The album has fifty-seven pages of information in it and it is an excellent study of a young Prussian noblewoman of the mid 19th Century. Overall it is in surprisingly good condition.