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Le triomphe de l'empereur Maximilien I.
Matthias Andrée SchmidtVienna 1796 - Folio (41 x 50cm), the complete suite of 135 double-page numbered woodcuts, including 67 after Burgkmair, 2 after Dürer; bound without title or text, first few plates with soft crease, light spotting. Contemporary marbled boards with later mottled calf spine; corners and edges bumped and rubbed. First edition in book form of The Triumphal Procession of Emperor Maximilian I, a series of fine engravings printed from the original 16th century blocks. The Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I commissioned this monumental series of woodcuts in celebration of his power and wealth, and in emulation of Roman Imperial successes. Purely imaginary compositions, the series represents "the most grandiloquent expression of the art of engraving" (Bliss, p.126). Based on Maximilian's detailed instruction to his private secretary Marx Treitzsaurwein, a programme for the series was established in 1512. The best German artists of the day were invited to produce woodblocks, headed by Hans Burgkmair and including Albrecht Altdorfer, Hans Schäufelein, Hans Springinklee, Leonhard Beck and Wolf Huber. Each artist's work can be identified by an inscription of the woodcutter's name and date of execution on the reverse of the original woodblock. The series also includes an engraving by Dürer known as the "The Small Triumphal Car" on plate 135. Only 135 of the projected 218 woodcuts were completed by Maximilian's death in 1519, and they remained unpublished until 1526, when the Archduke Ferdinand ordered their publication. This third edition was edited by Adam Bartsch, a curator of the imperial print collection, after rediscovering the original blocks in a monastry. Printed in folio format it retains the sense of grandeur Maximilian strove to evoke. Dodgson II, 96 f.; Meder, Dürer S. 223f.; Mayer, Wien II, 62; Lipperheide Sba 2; Thieme-B. V, 255. David Bliss, A History of Wood Engraving. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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