Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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Frontispiece to "Reformation der Kayserlichen Stat Nürnberg" (Arms of the Empire and Nuremberg flanked by Saints Sebald and Lawrence),

Woodcut with hand coloring

Watermark: Schlangenstab (not in Briquet)

Edition: Printed by Anton Koberger, Nuremberg.

Accession number: 1965.1.4

Purchase funds, 1965

Provenance / Collectors' marks: Frederick Werther, Baltimore (No. 1535)

Bibliography: S. 5051; H. 13716; Hind, vol. 2, p. 378. “NUREMBERG. ‘Reformacion der Kayserlichen Stat Nuremberg.’ With a large colored woodcut of the arms of the Holy Roman Empire and of Nuremberg, and its Patron Saints Laurence and Sebaldus. Folio. Fine contemporary Nuremberg binding in blind-stamped brown calf over wooden boards. The Prince Liechtenstein Copy. Nuremberg, “Hieronymous Höltzel, June 2, 1503” Later edition, cat. 1535. AD 1: “The laws and statutes of the city of Nuremberg in a new edition superseding that of 1484 (which later was twice printed in Augsburg, in 1488 and 1498). It is possible that this new edition was planned to be issued already in 1502. The binder of the present copy used a discarded leaf with the text of folio CXX, but with a different colophon as endpaper inside the front cover, on which the date is June 3, 1502. / The woodcut frontispiece with the arms of the Holy Roman Empire and of Nuremberg is the work of an unidentified Nuremberg master in a free version of the woodcut designed by Wohlgemuth for the first edition of the law code (see Muther, Deutsch Bucher Illustration, 1162).” —Panzer, Annalen, vol. 1, p. 262, no. 539; Graesse, vol. 6, 60.

Work Type: print

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