29 June 2005
Joachim and the Angel, from Life of the Virgin (B. 78; M., Holl. 190)
woodcut, circa 1504, with a High Crown watermark (M. 20), a fine Meder a impression before the Latin Edition of 1511, with considerable gauffrage, narrow to thread margins, the paper disturbed at upper right corner due to the sharp ridge of the top branch (described by Meder as indicative of early impressions), the blank spot at Joachim's right knee touched-in with pen and ink, some light speckled foxing, a small rust spot at one of the upper branches, a thin spot at upper right corner, an old horizontal centre fold mainly visible verso, generally in very good condition, framed
B. 297 x 210 mm., S. 299 x 212 mm.
H. S. Theobald (L. 1375); probably sold at Gutekunst, Stuttgart, 12-14 May 1910 (sale 769), as part of the complete Life of the Virgin in proof impressions
S. Barden (L. 218)
and another, monogram G.B. (not in Lugt)
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