Lot 48
  • 48

Celtis, Conrad

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
8,750 GBP
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  • Ludus Diane. Nuremberg: Hieronymus Hölzel, 15 May 1501
  • Paper
4to (192 x 135mm.), 6ff., woodcut arms of Emperor Maximilian on first leaf, woodcut music, modern crushed brown morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, slipcase, very small wormhole at head of first two leaves

together with a modern facsimile and translation into German, privately printed in Nuremberg in 1994, copy number 1 from a limited edition of 360 copies, original boards, slipcase


C.F.G.R. Schwerdt, bookplate, sale, Sotheby's, 23 May 1939, lot 307; Marcel Jeanson, bookplate, sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, 28 February, lot 114


Hirsch III 684; IA 135.113; Lindner 11.0333.01; VD16 C1907; not in RISM

Catalogue Note

A dramatic poem with music and dancing in honour of the Emperor Maximilian, which was staged in Linz. The woodcut music contains two songs, one in four parts for the end of act 1, and one in three parts for the end of act 3, though the music was also to be used for the verses at the end of the other acts. These songs are similar to those composed for Celtis by Petrus Tritonius; "the unknown composer of these choruses might even be Celtis himself" (The New Grove Dictionary of Music, vol. 5, p. 349).