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Auction 109, Lot 773

"[Plate 47]", Pfintzing, Melchior

Subject: Early Printing

Period: 1519 (circa)

Publication: Theuerdanck

Color: Hand Color

9.2 x 13.5 inches
23.4 x 34.3 cm

This extremely rare leaf is from one of the greatest illustrated books of the first half of the sixteenth century. This extraordinary work was inspired and written with the assistance of the court poet, Melchior Pfinzing, in the tradition of the heroic epics, by Emperor Maximilian I [1459-1519]. This poem describes the courtship of young Maximilian (Theuerdank) and Maria, heiress of the Kingdom of Burgundy. The book was illustrated with 118 fine woodcut illustrations by Hans Burgkmair, Hans Schaeufelein and Leonhard Beck.


Condition: A

Later color.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/1/2004