Auction 112, Lot 780

"[Plate 55]", Pfintzing, Melchior

Subject: Printed Leaves

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: B

Correct text pasted on last line of text. Some spots in margins.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $300

Closed on 9/28/2005