5 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 56,250
Estimate USD 5,000 - USD 7,000
[AMMAN, Jost (1539-1591)]. Habitus praecipuorum populorum, tamuirorum quam foeminarum. Nuremberg: Hans Weigel, 1577.
2° (301 x 201 mm). Title printed in red and black within wide woodcut border, 219 costume plates, of which all but two COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, one uncolored devotional plate (eight plates with marginal repairs, those on plates 161 and 164 crossing text and image, the devotional plate with margins repaired affecting image.) (Marginal repairs in first gathering.) Contemporary calf over beveled wooden boards, tooled in blind, brass clasps and catches (restored).
FIRST EDITION. The subjects include costumes of: a Cologne merchant's wife; Nuremberg; Augsburg; a virgin of Danzig; Switzerland; Brabant; Friesland; Swabia; Netherlands; Geneva; England; Genoa; a Venetian doge; Italy; Verona; Padua; Siena; a Roman whore or courtesan; Naples; a virgin of Naples: Spain; a Spanish minister; a Spanish countryman; Vizcaya; a concubine of a Spanish priest; a Moorish woman of Granada; Hungary; Russia; Poland; Tartary; Arabia; Africa; Gypsy; Brazil; and a Turkish courtier. These subjects influenced those used within the town plans and views in Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg’s Civitates orbis terrarum, issued from 1572 onwards at Cologne. (See lots 21 and 22).
The title-page border, plate I and the last plate were undoubtedly designed by Jost Amman and signed with his initials (they are signed “A I”, “I A”, “I A” repectively). The initials of an unknown woodcutter, G H (with knife), occur in the title-page border. A mark on the last plate has been interpreted as Hans Weigel's by Fairfax Murray and as a “Kaufmännisches Zeichen” by Becker. Becker ascribes the designs for the entire work to Amman, others estimate his share in the work was smaller. Brunet, III: 7; Colas 113; Fairfax Murray German 32; Lipperheide 7; Rahir, La bibliothèque de l'amateur, p. 290. RARE.
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