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Imperatorvm romanorvm omnivm orientalivm et occidentalivm verissimae imagines ex antiqvis nvmismatis qvam fidelissime delineatae. Addita cvivsque viate descriptione ex thesauro Iacobi Stradae [ ]
Zurich Andreas Gessner 1559 - Large folio. Title within woodcut vignette, 118 full-page woodcut medallion portraits by Rudolf Wyssenbach after Rudolf Manuel Deutsch, each within architectural woodcut border, 128 text pages within woodcut boards, more than 100 figurative initials and ornamental grotesque decorations by Peter Flötner. Contemporary vellum neat repairs, soiled, internally clean and fresh. This celebrated work depicts 118 woodcut medallion portraits of the Roman and Roman-German emperors from Julius Caesar to Charles V. The woodcut borders surrounding the portraits are the largest ever cut for a book from a single block. On reverse of each portrait there is a text - emperor's biography - within woodcut border of putti, fruit and grotesques, and within arabesque ornaments. The first German edition of this book was published in 1558 by Gessner. Jacobus Strada (1507-1588) was an Italian polymath who served as an official artist and architect to three Hapsburg Holy Roman Emperors. Moreover, he was a famous goldsmith, numismatist, writer, collector and merchant of works of art. Being an antiquary in Mantua he assembled a collection of medals. The portraits of the emperors minted on them were used for the production of the above work. Andreas Gessner was the son of the goldsmith from Nuremberg. In the beginning of 16th century he moved to Zurich where he opened his workshop in 1550. It was closed 1559 after his death. The arabesque ornaments decorating this publication were created by Peter Flötner (see his monogram on verso, plate 50) and had been previously published in the Kunstbuch (Zurich, 1549). Flötner died in 1546 before either publication was produced, and this date is printed at the top of the plinth on which the medallions are mounted on several of the plates (see for example plate 14). Title within woodcut border is made by Christoph Schweitzer. VD 16 I 98. – Adams S 1957. – Leemann/van Elck (Gessner) 57. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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