• GERMAN PRAYERBOOK. [Tyrol, Diocese of Brixen], 1458

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Curatorial Note:
  • This highly miscellaneous collection of German prayers and meditations was designed for use as a personal, hand-carried prayerbook, perhaps in a nunnery; it shows signs of heavy use. It was written and decorated by a single scribe, carefully but non-professionally, on unruled lines. In two places the date of writing is recorded: Anno domini M° cccc° lviij°(1458). At the end are four leaves with hand-colored metalcuts of saints which, as they belong to the original construction of the book, can be closely dated to 1458 or before. The metalcut of the Holy Face or Veronica Veil is the source of the closely copied metalcut that appeared in the type-printed Bavarian editions of Leiden Christi, and would also have been used in the Italian Passione di Cristo shown adjacently, although the Passione fragment is missing that leaf.
Text language:
  • German.
Provenance:
  • WHS copy: Purchased 2008 from Dr. Jörn Günther, catalogue 9, lot 20.
Abstract:
  • Collection of prayers and other devotional works, with four metalcuts of saints, finished in contemporary color.
Language:
  • German
Call number:
  • 30.4
Extent:
  • 1 v. (221 leaves) : ill. (metalcuts) ; 14 cm.
Format:
  • Manuscript
  • Book
Type:
  • Metalcuts
  • Engravings
  • Manuscripts
Description:
  • Inscribed in a 20th century hand on first leaf: "Diesses Büchlein ist abgeschreiben worden im Jahre. 1458 ist zu finden 162 (97)."
Publisher:
  • [Diocese of Brixen, Tyrol, Austria], 1458.
Subject:
  • Prayer books—Germany
  • Metalcuts—Germany—15th century
  • Engravings—Germany—15th century
  • Manuscripts—Germany—15th century
Title sort:
  • [German prayer book]
References:
  • Günther, J. Masterpieces, cat. 9 20
Contributor:
  • Princeton University Library. Manuscript. Scheide 164
Created:
  • 1458-01-01T00:00:00Z
Date:
  • 1458
Identifier:
  • ark:/88435/6395wc15k
Location:
  • WHS 30.4
Edm rights:
  • No Known Copyright
Range label:
  • Logical
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