• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 186

    CICERO, Marcus Tullius (106-43 B.C.). De officiis. Augsburg: Heinrich Steiner, 16 February 1531. 2° (310 x 210mm). Large title woodcut of Julius Caesar enthroned and Cicero writing in the background, on verso portrait of Baron Schwarzenberg by Weiditz after Dürer, surrounded by 16 coats of arms with decorative sidepieces, 101 illustrations by Hans Weiditz (one by Burgkmair), borders and initials throughout. (Occasional light dampstain or spotting, without final blank.) Contemporary German calf panelled wth blind-rolls (restored). Provenance: "Fürstenfeldensium ad S Leonardum" (16th-century inscription) -- Walter Hirst (bookplate).

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    CICERO, Marcus Tullius (106-43 B.C.). De officiis. Augsburg: Heinrich Steiner, 16 February 1531. 2° (310 x 210mm). Large title woodcut of Julius Caesar enthroned and Cicero writing in the background, on verso portrait of Baron Schwarzenberg by Weiditz after Dürer, surrounded by 16 coats of arms with decorative sidepieces, 101 illustrations by Hans Weiditz (one by Burgkmair), borders and initials throughout. (Occasional light dampstain or spotting, without final blank.) Contemporary German calf panelled wth blind-rolls (restored). Provenance: "Fürstenfeldensium ad S Leonardum" (16th-century inscription) -- Walter Hirst (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST GERMAN TRANSLATION by Johannes von Schwarzenberg and Johann Neuber. It was preceded in German only by an anonymous translation in 1488. The majority of the fine woodcuts by Weiditz appear here for the first time. The edition was immediately reprinted twice, in April and December of the same year. Brunet II, 63; Davies Murray German 118; BLSTC German, p. 209; Rosenthal, p. 117, 350; Holzmann and Bohatta, p. 327, 9550.


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