• Valuable Printed Books and Man auction at Christies

    Sale 5334

    Valuable Printed Books and Manuscripts

    13 June 2012, London, King Street

  • Lot 75

    PINDER, Ulrich (fl.1489-1509). Speculum passionis domini nostri Ihesu christi. Nuremberg: [printer for the Sodalitas Celtica, ?F.Peypus], 30 August 1507.

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    PINDER, Ulrich (fl.1489-1509). Speculum passionis domini nostri Ihesu christi. Nuremberg: [printer for the Sodalitas Celtica, ?F.Peypus], 30 August 1507.

    Median 2° (292 x 204mm). 94 leaves (including final blank). Roman type, double column. Initial spaces with guide letters. 39 FULL-PAGE WOODCUTS (including 5 repeats), of which 36 by HANS SCHAÜFLELEIN, two (on M2v and N2v) signed with his monogram and crossed-shovel device, the three remaining cuts (I4v Nailing of Christ to the Cross, K1r Erection of the Cross and L6r Crucifixion) and the three-quarter page cut on A2v (Man of Sorrows) are by HANS BALDUNG GRIEN, numerous smaller woodcuts, some within ornamental two-part borders. (Insignificant repairs to 10 leaves, small wormhole at foot of last two leaves, occasional light soiling or spotting.) Contemporary orange-painted vellum over pasteboard, significant remnants of two pairs of leather ties at fore-edges (extremities rubbed revealing the vellum beneath the paint and occasionally the pasteboard beneath the vellum, small tears at head and foot of spine, small sections lacking from lower outer corners); modern cloth box. Provenance: marginal notes in an early hand.

    FIRST EDITION. The first book to contain woodcuts signed by Schaüfelein. Ulrich Pinder is known to have practiced medicine in Nuremberg from 1493, and by 1507 was personal physician to Archduke Friedrich von Sachsen and a member of the Sodalitas Celtica. He had already made use of the engravers from Dürer's atelier - Schaüfelein, Grien, Wolf Traut and Hans von Kulmbach - for his Der Beschlossene Gart (1502), in which the Crucifixion cut and most of the smaller woodcuts in the present work made their first appearance. Dodgson attributed the cut of Christ with the apostles on D4v to Wolf Traut. Adams P-1243; Hollstein II:128; M.Mende. Hans Baldung Grien, Das Graphische Werk (1978), 286-297; Brunet IV, 664; Dodgson I:505, II:5, 17; Davies, Murray German 333.


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