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SCHÄUFELEIN, Hans Leonhard
Doctrina, vita et passio Iesu Christi
Frankfurt, C. Egenolph, 1537. [OUTSTANDING REFORMATION WOODCUTS] FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 40 unnumbered ff., A-K4. Roman or large Gothic letter. 74 outstanding full-page woodcuts with scenes from the life of Christ and the Apostles. Slight browning, first and last three ll. reinforced at gutter, occasional repair to few blank margins, tiny marginal worm trail at foot of first few ll. A good copy in contemporary limp vellum, recased, traces of ties, title inked to spine, little worming, C17 annotations to lower blank margin of couple of ll. Fresh copy, in fine impression, of the first edition of this outstanding series of woodcuts on the life and passion of Christ. Hans Schäufelein (c.1435-c.1539) was active at Dürer’s Nuremberg workshop in 1503-4 and at Hans Holbein the Elder’s in Augsburg before 1515. After settling in Nördlingen, he collaborated with major German artists like Altdorfer on woodcuts designed for the Emperor Maximilian I (‘German Engravings’, XLII, 83). His outstanding woodcut production embraced subjects as varied as city views, costumes, military scenes, illustrated ballads, festivals, gaming cards and, most of all, sacred stories. ‘Doctrina’ is a masterful witness to Reformation ‘emotional religiosity’ and new Protestant northern European devotional practice by which pious men and women were encouraged ‘to approach the Divine through intimate knowledge and emphatic experience of Christ’s humanity’ (‘Passion Iconography’, 1, 3). The cycle begins from the Annunciation and proceeds through the key events of his life to the various phases of the Passion, ending wi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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