Bookbinding by Paul Droscher, German, late sixteenth century, with portraits of Luther and Melanchthon
An empty binding with stamped portraits of Luther and Melanchthon. [Wittenberg, late sixteenth century]
folio (400 x 280mm.), calf over pasteboard, upper cover with sunken central panel stamp of Luther, signed PD and dated 1579, within a frame composed of arabesque stamps, arabesque cornerpieces within gilt roll-tooled outer borders, lower cover with sunken central panel stamp of Melanchthon, all coloured by hand, spine tooled with gilt fleurs-de-lys and stars, somewhat rubbed and repaired at edges
Paul Droscher (EBDB w004602) was active in Wittenberg from around 1579 to 1601. There is a similar binding on a German Bible printed in Wittenberg in 1584, now in the Royal Collection, which also has both these painted panel stamps.
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