14 November 2007
VOGTHERR, Heinrich (1490-1556). Ein Frembds und wunderbars Kunstbüchlin allen Molern, Bildtschnitzern, Goldtschmiden, Steynmetzen, Schreynern, Patnenern, Wafen und Messerschmiden hochnutzlich zu gebrauchen. Strassburg: Jacob Fröhlich, 1545.
4° (197 x 147mm). Woodcut portrait medallions of Vogtherr the Elder and Younger on title, woodcut Vogtherr armorial, and 28 leaves containing approx. 700 woodcut designs. (Repaired marginal tear in 2 leaves, a little light soiling and browning.) Early 20th-century brown morocco, gilt edges (rear corner cracked); modern brown leather folding box.
UNRECORDED FOURTH EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED MODEL BOOK FOR ARTISTS. Vogtherr first published his Kunstbüchlein in 1537 in order, as he describes in the preface, to serve artists in Germany and to present for their assistance difficult pieces to draw. The woodcuts depict male and female headgear, hands and feet in different attitudes, armour, weapons, shields, and column bases and capitals. Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder may have trained in the workshop of Hans Burgkmair I; he was assisted in the Kunstbüchlein by his son and namesake.
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