SCHATZBEHALTER ORDER SCHREIN Der Wahren Reichtümer des Heils

Price: 235,000.00 USD

(Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 8 November, 1491), VERY RARE AND BEAUTIFULLY PRESERVED COPY OF The Schatzbehalter, or "treasure chest of the true riches of the saints and eternal salvation". THE SCHATZBEHALTER was an HIGHLY important illustrated work published BY ANTON KOBERGER the printer of the famed Nuremberg Chronicle. THE SCHATZBEHALTER PRECEEDED THE NUREMBERG CHRONICLE BY TWO YEARS. IT IS RARELY SEEN IN THE OPEN MARKET. It was written by Stephan Fridolin, a Franciscan in Nuremberg whose German text narrates 100 events in the life of Christ. The woodcuts were designed by Michael Wolgemut, who became Dürer's teacher in 1486, and by his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (c. 1460-1494), the son of the prominent Nuremberg painter Hans Pleydenwurff. The illustrations were meant to reinforce the biblical lessons in the minds of the audience, especially those who were illiterate. 'They are considered to have made a significant impact on Dürer and influenced his own monumental work in woodcut. He had been apprenticed to the Wolgemut-Peydenwurff workshop from 1486-89, and returned to Nuremberg from Basel soon after publication of the SCHATZBEHALTER. Fridolin was aslso spiritual guide and confessor to the Poor Clares at Nuremberg. The text of the SCHATZBEHALTER is based on Scripture an tells the sotry of the life and passion of Christ. The accompanying illustrations were intended to impress the story more firmly on the mind of the audience, specifically those unable to read, as Fridolin states in his preface. It thus joins other late medieval works popularizing Scripture in text and image, such as the blockbook Biblia Pauperum. In his discussion of each woodcut, Fridolin explicates the literal and metaphysical meaning of the image, thus giving the modern reader an invaluable insight into medieval interpretation of imagery.' (See Description 2010, July, Christie's.). First Edition of this very rare and important work. With 96 full-page woodcuts, 2 of which are hand-coloured 1 by Michael Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff, three very large opening initials painted in colours and highlighted with gold, other large initials and rubricating throughout in red and blue. Printed double column, gothic type in two sizes, 40 and 43 lines, woodcut Hebrew letters on d4r. Folio, in a superb and very impressive and important contemporary German (probably Nuremberg) pigskin binding, heavily decorated in blind, both covers with large brass pieces at each corner and in the center of the centers, and additionally, with engraved brass clasps on embossed leather straps. 352 leaves, without 2 blanks only. A very handsome and proper copy in absolutely contemporary state and binding, the text very bright and fresh, a few ff only with some minor staining or evidence of expert minor repair, the binding most impressive, some expected age mellowing only, one hinge with minor cosmetic cracking but all firm and tight, front edges with minor and expert restoration.

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