NINGUARDA, Feliciano. Assertio fidei Catholicae adversus articulos utriusque confessionis fidei Annae Burgensis iuris doctoris. Venice: Domenico Nicolini, 1563.
4° (199 x 147mm). Woodcut printer's device on title. CONTEMPORARY ALUM-TAWED PANELLED PIGSKIN, BOUND BY JACOB KRAUSE, tooled in blind with four different rolls, two signed 'I.K.': an outer roll forming a stylized wreath, flanked by double fillets, a second roll with Christ the Redeemer, Paul, John and Peter, each surmounted by his symbol, the last flanked by the initials 'I.K.'; an inner roll containing classical heads, Krause's mark (a vase with milled rim signed 'I.K.'), and two armorials, including the Imperial double-headed eagle, within foliage, the central panel contains a broad vertical wreath roll, undecorated spine with three raised bands and a half-band at head and foot, modern lined cloth case. Provenance: Augsburg, Society of Jesus (title inscription).
The book, which is very scarce, is a typical product of the Counter-Reformation, a confutation of the claims to Protestant martyrdom made on behalf of Anne Du Bourg, who had been executed for heresy in Paris in 1559. The author was the representative of the Archbishop of Salzburg at the Council of Trent.
ONE OF THE EXTREMELY RARE EARLY BLIND-TOOLED BINDINGS BY JACOB KRAUSE (1531-1586), THE GREATEST GERMAN RENAISSANCE BOOKBINDER, almost certainly executed during his period as master at Augsburg (ca.1561-64). It demonstrates that the tools he later used while working for the Elector Augustus in Dresden were already in his possession in Augsburg. Cf. Schunke, Leben und Werk Jacob Krauses, Leipzig 1943, p.45, reproducing an Augsburg blindstamped binding using some of the same tools. It is likely that Counter-Reformation propaganda, such as this, would have been bound in Catholic Augsburg and not in the strongly Protestant Dresden, also confirmed by the Augsburg Jesuit ownership inscription.