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    Splendid Ceremonies the Paul and Marianne Gourary Collection of Illustrated Fête Books

    12 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 313

    NUREMBERG 1446-1539 -- Ein Gesellen Gestech der Adelichen und alten Herkommenden Erbarn und grossen Geschlechtern der Burgern zu Nürnberg, etc in German, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER [Nuremberg, c.1600]

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    NUREMBERG 1446-1539 -- Ein Gesellen Gestech der Adelichen und alten Herkommenden Erbarn und grossen Geschlechtern der Burgern zu Nürnberg, etc in German, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER [Nuremberg, c.1600]

    2o, 50 leaves: thirteen 340 x 220mm (13½ x 8½ inches), remaining thirty-seven leaves 355 x 220mm (14 x 9 inches) except for ff.23-24 (numbered in pencil 10 and 11), twenty-one pages of text written in German cursive hands, nine pages with painted coats of arms, NINE DOUBLE-PAGE SPREADS WITH NUREMBERG PAGEANTS, DANCES OR TOURNAMENTS illustrated in pen and ink and full colour, EIGHT FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASKED AND COSTUMED FIGURES (occasional spots and light staining, 12 pages with wormtrack or hole in upper right corner). 19th-century paper boards (rubbed, spine defective), red cloth box with leather lettering-piece. Provenance: Princely House of Liechtenstein, engraved armorial bookplate and shelfmark inside upper cover; purchased from H.P. Kraus 1955.

    CONTENT: Ein Gesellern Gestech..., an account of the tournament of 28 February 1446 including list of 39 participants ff.1-4v; list of all the Schembart participants of 1503 f.5r&v; account and participants of 1539 Schembart Lauf ff.7-12v; painted coats of arms of the participants of the 1446 Gestech, a joust with blunt lances ff.14-22; illustrations of Nuremberg civic musicians and swordbearers ff.23-24; scenes showing pageants and civic events including the 1539 Schembart Lauf, guild dances and the joust of 1446 ff.25v-42; additional costumes from the Schembart Lauf of 1539 ff.43-50.

    A SAMMELBAND DRAWING TOGETHER REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENTS OF RENAISSANCE NUREMBERG.


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