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MAXIMILIAN I, Holy Roman Emperor-- [Maximi]liani Caesaris P.F. Aug. obitum Nenia. [Augsburg: Grimm and Wirsing, 1519.]
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MAXIMILIAN I, Holy Roman Emperor-- [Maximi]liani Caesaris P.F. Aug. obitum Nenia. [Augsburg: Grimm and Wirsing, 1519.]

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MAXIMILIAN I, Holy Roman Emperor-- [Maximi]liani Caesaris P.F. Aug. obitum Nenia. [Augsburg: Grimm and Wirsing, 1519.]

Very rare broadside on the death of Emperor Maximilian I with an Old Master woodcut. Extremely few illustrated news broadsides on any topic from this early date survive. The fictitious scene of family mourning by Maximilian’s coffin is by Hans Springinklee, a pupil of Albrecht Dürer who worked with him on the monumental print, "The Arch of Maximilian I." This Emperor’s death was particularly curious: since 1514 he had been travelling with his own coffin and he left grisly instructions for the penitential treatment of his body, which was then publicly displayed. Dodgson, Early German and Flemish Woodcuts in the BM, I.409.

Broadside (430 x 325mm). Woodcut illustration (155 x 137mm.) by Hans Springinklee. (Edges chipped and trimmed with loss of text, laid down.) Matted and framed.

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