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Vegetius, Flavius
DE RE MILITARI. [ERFURT: HANS KNAPPE, C. 1512]
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP
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218
Vegetius, Flavius
DE RE MILITARI. [ERFURT: HANS KNAPPE, C. 1512]
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Vegetius, Flavius
DE RE MILITARI. [ERFURT: HANS KNAPPE, C. 1512]
folio (289 x 215mm.), 195 full-page woodcut illustrations, early manuscript notes in Italian on final blank, later pencil notes in German on most pages, modern vellum gilt, top edge gilt, occasional light staining
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Literature

VD16 ZV 9905 (listing 2 copies, Munich and Schweinfurt only)

Catalogue Note

An edition of Vegetius containing the fine woodcut illustrations without the text; Hans Knappe of Erfurt had previously issued an edition of the text in German translation in 1511, with most of the woodcuts (VD16 V465), but this edition contains an additional seventy odd illustrations not issued with that text. Some of the woodcuts are signed HK (Knappe) and MS (Melchior Schwarreberg).

The woodcuts are partly based on an earlier illustrated Vegetius printed in Augsburg in around 1475. They contain anachronistic illustrations of cannons and soldiers in contemporary costume, indicating that the book was intended for practical rather than academic use.

The pencil notes in German in this copy indicate the source of the illustrations, from editions of Valturius to manuscripts such as a Feuerwerckbuch of c. 1440 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum Cod. 719) and the Nuremberg gunner Johann Formschneider's manuscript of the 1460s (Munich Cod. Germ. 734).

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