12 June 2009
NUREMBERG 1449-1539 -- SCHEMBART BOOK, in German, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER [Nuremberg, c.1540]
4o, 205 x 150mm (8 1/8 x 6 inches), 72 leaves in gatherings of four, COMPLETE, SIXTY-FOUR FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS OF MASKED AND COSTUMED FIGURES on versos facing rectos with text written in black ink in a cursive German hand and with TWENTY ILLUSTRATIONS OF CARNIVAL FLOATS, all drawings fully coloured (staining and spotting, especially affecting the first four leaves, some gutters torn and ff.17-18 and ff.64-69 repaired or reinforced). Contemporary reused vellum from a 15th-century Gradual or noted Missal (rubbed and spotted, hinges split, lacking fore-edge ties), blue cloth box with leather lettering-piece. Provenance: Princely House of Liechtenstein, bookplate and shelfmark inside upper cover; purchased from H.P. Kraus 1955.
CONTENT: History of the Schembart Lauf ff.1-4, Individual records for all 64 Schembart carnivals from 1449-1539 over page-openings with illustration of the masked men and coats of arms on the verso and text on the facing recto, 23 of these with the appropriate carnival float following the text ff.5v-69v.
COMPLETE CYCLE OF COSTUMES IN A LIVELY AND ENGAGING STYLE
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