PINDER, Ulrich (fl.1489-1509). Speculum de Passione Christi. Nuremberg: [Printer for the Sodalitas Celtica (?F. Peypus)] 30 August, 1507.
2° (285 x 203mm). Without final blank, Roman type, double column, initial spaces with guide-letter. 39 full-page woodcuts (including 5 repeats), of which 36 are by Hans Schaflein, two signed with his monogram and device, and 3 (I4v, K1r, and L6r) by Hans Baldung Grien, a further three-quarter-page woodcut on A2v by Grien, and 36 smaller woodcuts, many flanked by woodcut border, depicting the life of Christ, traces of colour on Crucifixion cut on A2v. (First and last quire rehinged, a few minor stains.) Late 18th-century half calf over speckled-paper boards, single gilt ornament in spine compartments, red leather lettering-piece (very lightly rubbed). Provenance: a few early MS annotations; H.C.G.V.S. (18th-century initials with price and price of binding).
FIRST EDITION, and the first book to contain woodcuts signed by Schaflein. Pinder was born at Nördlingen, where he practised as a physician from 1484-89; he was then employed as personal physician to Archduke Friedrich von Sachsen at Nuremberg and was appointed physician to the City of Nuremberg in 1493. He was a member of the Sodalitas Celtica, and owned his own press, for which he almost certainly employed Friedrich Peypus, his future son-in-law, as printer. Pinder had made use of the engravers from Drer's atelier - Schaflein, Grien, Wolf Traut and Hans von Kulmbach - for his Der Beschlossene Gart (1502), in which the Crucifixion cut and most of the smaller woodcuts in the present work made their first appearance. Dodgson attributed the cut of Christ with the apostles on D4v to Wolf Traut. Adams P-1243; Hollstein II:128; M.Mende, Hans Baldung Grien, das Graphische Werke (1978), 286-97; Brunet IV, 664; Dodgson I:505, II:15, 17; Davies, Murray German 333.