London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
AMMAN, Jost (1539-1591). Kunstbüchlin. Frankfurt: Johann Feyrabends,1599. Small 4° (195 x 150mm). With both blanks. Title in red and black. 293 full-page woodcuts. (The sheets for gatherings S and Kk loosely inserted, some of these varying in sizes and possibly inserted from another copy, some soiling, a few marginal tears, one of these reaching into the plate.) Later limp vellum using a liturgical leaf printed in red and black (heavy soiling, lacking some ties); buckram clamshell case. Provenance: Princes of Liechtenstein (19th-century bookplate) -- Boston University (booklabel; deaccession letter provided).
A COMPLETE COPY, FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE PRINCES OF LIECHTENSTEIN. Amman's pattern book comprises mythological and classical compositions, female figures, heads of bishops and Turks, military and other costume of the period, horses, combats, and others. Adams A-969; Brunet I, 232 ('rare and very curious'); Colas 119; Fairfax Murray, German 36; Lipperheide 498.
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