Lot 6
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Bible, German.

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  • Biblia, das ist: die gantze Heylige Schrifft teutsch. Frankfurt-am-Main: Sigmund Feyerabend, Georg Rab and heirs of Weigand Han, 1564
  • Paper
folio (385 x 242mm.), three title-pages printed in red and black within woodcut borders, portrait of Christoph, duke of Württemburg dated 1564 on second leaf, woodcut initials, 144 woodcut illustrations all with contemporary hand-colouring (a few repeated), some illustrations signed "I.A." (Jost Amman), "IB" (Hans Bocksberger) and/or "S.HF." or "S.F." (Sigmund Feyerabend), printed explanatory table bound before full-page illustrations on i4r-v, contemporary calf elaborately gilt dated 1565 by Hans Neumayr, with his gilt stamp dated 1560 on flyleaf, covers with central gilt stamp of ?Fortuna within an arabesque panel, decorative fleurons at corners and above and below central panel, outer roll border depicting putti musicians, lettering on upper cover "Biblia 1565" and the motto "Gotes Wort bleiebt ewig besthonn", on lower cover "Got alein die Erre", endbands of red, blue and white thread, a2 torn in lower margin without loss, a few other small marginal tears or repairs, occasional light browning, binding slightly rubbed, joints repaired and regilded at head and foot, spine chipped at both ends, lacking two clasps


Anna Sabrina Wickhin, given by her to her daughter, Johanna Mary, on 2 December 1719


VD16 B2759

Catalogue Note

The illustrations for this edition were initially commissioned from Virgil Solis, the principal illustrator for Sigmund Feyerabend's prolific print shop in Frankfurt. At the death of Solis in 1562, Jost Amman (1539-1591) took over the commission, utilising some of Solis's illustrations as published in his Biblische Figuren of 1562, and also basing some of his woodcuts on drawings by Hans Bocksberger (fl. 1564-1579). It was the start of a long and productive (though not profitable, at least for Amman) collaboration between the artist and the printer; Amman produced another full set of Bible illustrations for Feyerabend in 1571.