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Erasmus:
Precatio Dominica in Septem Portiones Distributa.
Basel Johann Bebel [not before August ] 1524 - 8vo. A-B8 C4: 20 leaves, the last a blank. With 8 outstanding illustrations by Hans Holbein the Younger, cut in metal by the Monogrammist CV Tiny tear in outer margin of last three leaves, last 4 leaves with light staining, mostly marginal.19th century vellum, gilt, shield shaped title label to upper cover, housed in slip-case.Hieronymus, Oberrheinische Buchillustration, no. 436a.; VD16 E-3448; Erasmus Online no. 3235 (not in Rotterdam); Bezzel 1620.This edition not in Adams nor BL /STC.I quote from unpublished papers of the late Jörg Schäfer, well-known dealer in rare books from Basel:?The existence of a concurrent Precatio Dominica edition printed by Johann Bebel with Holbein?s illustrations printed from the same blocks as in Froben?s [of the same year] is rather uncommon and quite puzzling. Though Froben?s edition is likely to be the earlier one, the impressions of the blocks in Bebel?s edition are generally better regarding both regular inking and pression. Furthermore, Bebel adorned the beginning of the text with a more suitable initial than Froben had done. For some reason, Bebel could use the 'A' from Holbein?s famous «Alphabet with Scenes from the Old Testament» which became available in August 1524 (cf. Basle Holbein Catalogue, 1960, no. 412; Woltmann 251; and Reinhardt, op. cit., p.238).Although it remains an enigma why Froben lent these blocks to Bebel, it is obvious that the younger printer, who had just set up his own officin in 1523, wanted to prove with this edition the excellency of his workmanship. It is eviden … [Click Below for Full Description]
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