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Holbein, Hans, the younger.
IMAGINES MORTIS. COLOGNE: HEIRS OF ARNOLD BIRCKMANN, 1555
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,880 GBP
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48
Holbein, Hans, the younger.
IMAGINES MORTIS. COLOGNE: HEIRS OF ARNOLD BIRCKMANN, 1555
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,880 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Holbein, Hans, the younger.
IMAGINES MORTIS. COLOGNE: HEIRS OF ARNOLD BIRCKMANN, 1555

8vo (150 x 90mm.), printer's device on title-page, 53 woodcut illustrations, with blank leaf N4, brown morocco gilt by Capé, covers gilt tooled with a central cartouche including tulip and leafy tendril tools and a strapwork design with black morocco onlays, spine gilt in compartments, edges gilt, small holes to title-page neatly repaired, binding slightly rubbed


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Provenance

Merlin d'Estreux de Beaugrenier, armorial bookplate; Pierre Malle, red morocco booklabel; Camille Aboussouan, with both his Marc Saint-Saens and Hans Bellmer bookplates, his sale in our rooms, 17 June 1993, lot 433; Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002), artist

Literature

VD16 C5283; Fairfax Murray, German 203; N. Davis, "Holbein's Pictures of Death and the Reformation at Lyons", Studies in the Renaissance III (1956), 97-130; E. Michael, "The Iconographic history of Hans Holbein the Younger's Icones and their reception in the later sixteenth century", Harvard Library Bulletin III (1992), 28-47

Catalogue Note

The first Cologne edition with reversed copies of Holbein's woodcuts from the 1547 Lyon edition. The Latin translation is by Georg Oemler. Some of the cuts are initialled "A", the engraver's mark of either Anton Silvius or Bosche.

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