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Reformacion der Kayserlichen Stat Nuremberg, 1503
1503. Rare 1503 Edition of the Nuremberg Civic Code with a Handsome Hand-Colored Woodcut Leaf [Nuremberg]. Reformacion der Kayserlichen Stat Nuremberg. [Nuremberg: Hieronymus Holtzel, 1503]. [x], XVIII, CXX ff. Folio (12-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, brass bosses to corners and centers of boards, raised bands and blind-stamped ornaments to spine, clasps lacking, buckles present. Boards rubbed, heavier rubbing to spine and extremities with wear to bottom edge, chipping to head of spine, lower half lacking, pastedowns loose, early owner signature and recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Hand-colored full-page woodcut to verso of title page, wide-margined text. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, faint dampstaining to margins of a few leaves, light soiling to title page. A handsome copy of a rare imprint. $7,000. * The second "official" or fourth edition of the Nuremberg city code. Nuremberg was the center of the Renaissance in Germany and was its leading cultural and intellectual center until the end of the sixteenth century. These qualities are reflected in the contents and design of this volume. Enacted in 1479 and first printed in 1484, with two unauthorized issues printed in Augsburg in 1488 and 1489, the Reformacion, or Reformed Civic Legal Code, of Nuremberg is known for its humanistic orientation, straightforward language and elegant production. It is also notable as the collection of German city laws to be issued in print. For these reasons, and its circulation in print, it became, as Stobbe notes, it "the most important and most influential" collection of city laws during the early modern period. The large hand-colored woodcut Hieronymus Holzel's verso title is a modified version of the first edition of Koberger. It shows the crowned imperial coat of arms between the civic coats of arms, which are held by an angel, St. Lawrence, with the gridiron on which he was martyred, and St. Sebaldus, holding a model of his namesake church in Nuremberg, and an angel with a banner. Stobbe, Geschichte der Deutschen Rechtsquellen II:297. OCLC locates 6 copies, 2 in North America (Michigan State University, New York Public Library). Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts N2026.
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