NUREMBERG 1472-1523 -- SCHEMBART BOOK, in German, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER [Nuremberg, c.1540]
bound with LEOPOLD I, Grant of Arms in favour of Johann Christoph Lempen, in German, ILLUSTRATED MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER, Schloss Pressburg 1688
2o, 305 x 205mm (12 x 8 inches), 36 leaves (of 64), with THIRTY-SIX FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOUR SHOWING MASKED AND COSTUMED FIGURES SOME WITH CARNIVAL FLOATS BEHIND THEM on the rectos with the descriptive text for the year in a German cursive hand on facing versos, a 20th-century checklist of years pasted inside front cover (corner lacking and hole in shield on f.36, and small losses from lower edges of two other leaves, some light staining and spotting, 9 leaves with addition of hearts and/or monograms KSR and CS); 8 leaves with grant of nobility and right to bear arms of Johann Christoph Lempen, written in a cursive German hand and authenticated by public notary Iohannes Philippus Leisner and with his engraved impresa and paper seal on final verso, ARMORIAL MINIATURE with Lempen's crested coat of arms between the figures of Justice and Fortitude, beneath a canopy with the imperial arms and against a seascape. 19th-century marbled paper (joint cracking), brown cloth box with leather lettering-piece. Provenance: Princely House of Liechtenstein, shelfmark inside upper cover and bookplate on f.1v; purchased from H.P. Kraus 1955.
ATTRACTIVE AND ACCOMPLISHED FULL-COLOUR DRAWINGS, a substantial fragment of a Schembart book with illustrations for the years 1472, 1475, 1473, 1474, 1476, 1477, 1478, 1479, 1481, 1482, 1484, 1490, 1493, 1495, 1496, 1497, 1498, 1499, 1503, 1504, 1506, 1507, 1508, 1509, 1510, 1511, 1512, 1513, 1514 1515, 1516, 1517, 1520, 1521, 1522 and 1523.