Auslegung des Lebens Jesu Christi.
- [Ulm: Johann Zainer, c. 1482]
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The 95 woodcuts, from 88 blocks, were made for this text. They can be attributed to four different artists (see Schäfer). Each cut seems to have been placed within a larger woodcut frame of about 137 x 115mm. On e6v, concerning Christ and the Samaritan woman, the woodcut is the same as that printed on g4v. In a number of copies, the e6v impression has been covered with a pasted-on impression of a cut specifically depicting the Samaritan woman and Christ, at a well (Amelung, fig. 81). Presumably this correct cut had not yet been made when quite e was being printed off.
The decoration on the binding includes a roll-stamp of a hunting scene with stags which was used by the bindery of Conrad Dinckmut's press in Ulm (the bindery was in operation from 1481). Further bindings from this workshop, with very similar decoration, are recorded and illustrated in Amelung, Der Frühdruck im deutschen Südwesten 1473-1500 (Stuttgart, 1979), catalogue numbers 100-103; number 102 has a near-identical upper cover, the only difference being the use of the dragon roll-stamp in place of the hunting roll-stamp. The copy of this work in the Schäfer collection in Schweinfurt also has a binding from the same bindery (Europäische Einbandkunst aus Sechs Jahrhunderten, 12), also using the hunting roll-stamp and the rose stamp. A further binding from this workshop is recorded on another book from Zainer's press, Jacobus de Voragine's Legenda Aurea (not after 1479) in the British Library (IB.9237). These indicate that there were close connections between the Dinckmut bindery and Zainer's press.