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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 323

    PFINTZING, Melchior (1481-1535). Die geuerlicheiten und eins teils der geschichten des loblichen streitbaren und hochberumbten helds und Ritters Tewrdannckhs. Augsburg: Johannes Schönsperger, 1519.

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    PFINTZING, Melchior (1481-1535). Die geuerlicheiten und eins teils der geschichten des loblichen streitbaren und hochberumbten helds und Ritters Tewrdannckhs. Augsburg: Johannes Schönsperger, 1519.

    2o (330 x 220 mm). 116 woodcuts (of 118, lacking numbers 4 and 111) by Jost de Negker and Heinrich Kupferworm after Leonhard Beck (77), Hans Burgkmair (13), Hans Schdufelein (20), and others. (Title and a2 supplied in an early manuscript facsimile, a8, b1, N5 and blank P5 lacking, lower portion of r5 repaired affecting some letters on verso, D8 with small hole to last two lines affecting a few letters supplied in facsimile, P4 loose with light fraying to lower margin.) Late 19th- century vellum binding of an antiphonal leaf (upper joint cracked). Provenance: Daniel Henry Holmes (bookplate); John Wesley Warrington (bookplate).

    Second edition, a line-by-line reprint of the first edition, printed by Schönsperger in 1517. It is printed with the same distinctive type, which was created specifically for the work. The type was designed by Vinzenz Röckner, the emperor's court secretary, and the woodcuts, based on preliminary drawings approved by Maximilian himself, are the work of the great woodcut artists, Beck, Schäufelein, Burgkmair, and others. A literary epic, sponsored by Emperor Maximilian (represented in the poem by the hero Tewrdannck) to celebrate his heroic feats in overcoming the difficulties of his journey to win his bride, Mary of Burgundy (die Künigin Ernreich in the poem). Maximilian was largely responsible for writing the poem, and had made the first drafts in 1505-08. Pfintzing, the emperor's private secretary, oversaw completion of the poem and served as general editor. This copy is a mixed second and third issue (Panzer A and B) with b2 and b3 corresponding with Panzer A and the rest corresponding with Panzer B. Brunet V, 787-8; Fairfax Murray German 330 (listing differences between Schönsperger's first three editions).


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    PROPERTY FROM A MID-WESTERN ESTATE