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    14 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 60

    BIRGITTA (302/03-1373, Saint). Revelationes. Translated from Swedish into Latin by Petrus Olavi. Foreword by Matthias de Suecia. - Johannes de TURRECREMATA (1388-1468). Defensiorum super Revelationes caelestes sanctae Birgittae [extract]. - Vita abbreviata S. Birgittae. - Hymnus ad Beatam Birgittam. Edited by Florian Waldauf von Waldenstein (c. 1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 21 September 1500.

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    BIRGITTA (302/03-1373, Saint). Revelationes. Translated from Swedish into Latin by Petrus Olavi. Foreword by Matthias de Suecia. - Johannes de TURRECREMATA (1388-1468). Defensiorum super Revelationes caelestes sanctae Birgittae [extract]. - Vita abbreviata S. Birgittae. - Hymnus ad Beatam Birgittam. Edited by Florian Waldauf von Waldenstein (c. 1450-1510). Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 21 September 1500.

    Chancery 2° (306 x 210mm). [16 28] a-z8 A-F8 G-H6 2a-2f8 2g6 (1/1r title with full-page woodcut, 1/1v editor's preface, 1/2r full-page woodcut arms of Maximilian I, 1/2v full-page woodcut arms of Florian Waldauf, 1/3r Turrecremata, 1/6r Bull of Birgitta's canonization by Pope Boniface IX on 7 October 1391, 2/2v confirmation of the canonization by Pope Martin V on 7 January 1419, 2/5r-2/6r prayers with woodcuts, 2/6v prologue by Matthias de Suecia, 2/8r list of contents, 2/8v prayer with woodcuts, a1r text, H5v colophon, H6 blank, 2a alphabetical subject index, 2g5v colophon, 2g6 blank). 312 leaves. 57 lines and headline, double column. 59 woodcuts from 31 blocks, including 7 full-page and 10 further full-page illustrations assembled from smaller cuts. 3- to 11-line initial spaces with guide-letter. Illuminated initial opening the main text in blue modelled in white on punched gold ground within red and green fictive frame, major initials in interlocking red and blue, smaller initials in red or blue, paragraph marks in red. (Occasional wormholes, heavier at end, small wormtrack in several quires, light marginal stain in final few leaves.) 19th-century half mottled sheep, red leather and paper spine labels (lightly rubbed); modern citron pigskin folding box. Provenance: A.M.N. Muzelim Könyv-Tarabol (stamps on a few leaves).

    SECOND LATIN EDITION of the works of St. Bridget, Swedish mystic and founder of the religious order of Brigittines. After a life as wife, mother and lady-in-waiting to the queen of Sweden, Bridget devoted herself to religion and asceticism. The present work records her prophetic revelations given to her by Christ and the Virgin Mary on a range of papal, ecclesiastical, and secular issues. Through the offices of his secretary, Florian Waldauf, Emperor Maximilian requested that Koberger undertake two editions of the Revelationes, one in Latin and one in German, both to be illustrated. Koberger based his on the first Latin edition, printed at Lübeck in 1492. The woodcuts, and their arrangement into larger compositions, depend thematically on the Lübeck edition but are new designs. While close to the work of Albrecht Dürer, they remain anonymous (Schoch, et al., Dürer: Das Druckgraphische Werk, Buchillustration, A34). HC 3205; BMC II, 445 (IB. 7558); GW 4392; BSB-Ink. B-531; CIBN B-480; Schreiber 3504; Goff B-688.


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