Auction 358 Old & Rare Books - (Post)incunabula

LIVIUS. Romische historie Titi livii meniglich kürtzweilich und dienstlich zu lesen. (Übersetzt von Bernhardus Schöfferlin (I & II) & J. Wittig (III)). Mainz, Schöffer, 1514. (12), cxci, (1 blank), (1), cxciii-ccccx, (6) lvs. W. ti. printed in red & black and large woodcut depicting a battle scene, 1 full-p. woodcut & c. 240 (partly repeating) woodcuts in the text. Fol. 17th c. blind tooled vellum w. raised bands. (Sm. defects to spine, upper joint restored (tight), ti-p. a bit thumbed/soiled, tiny wormholes at the beginning, sm. marg. rep. to 1 leaf, last 6 lvs. of 'Register' bound at the end, margins (faintly) stained at the end, sl. browned in places).

Third edition of this first German translation of Livius and a page-by-page reprint of the first edition, also published by Schöffer in 1505. One of the most richly illustrated books from a Mainz office of the 16th century. The full-page woodcut shows the translator Schofferlin presenting the work to Emperor Maximilian I, who is enthroned and surrounded by the seven Electors. The woodcuts in the text show scenes from Roman history, represented by people in costumes of the early German Renaissance. - VD 16 L-2104; Schweiger II, 545; Proctor 9856; Goed. I, 446c; Muther 645 (plate 151-153); E. Thormählen, Die Holzschnittmeister der Mainzer Livius-Illustrationen, in Gutenberg Jahrbuch 1934, 137ff.

€ 2400

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