Spiegel der menschlichen Behaeltniss.

Record ID: 
77494
Accession number: 
PML 224
Title: 
Spiegel der menschlichen Behaeltniss.
Created: 
[Basel : Bernhart Richel, 31 Aug. 1476]
Credit: 
Purchased with the Bennett collection, 1902.
Description: 
33 leaves, bound : paper, ill. ; 370 x 280 mm
Provenance: 
Cardinal Loménie de Brienne Collection; his sale (Paris, Mar. 12, 1792, I, pp.4-5, no.4) to Belin; Marquess of Blandford Collection (George Spencer Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, Bibliotheca Blandfordiensis (1813, I, p. 4; not traced in 1819 sale)); Frederick Perkins sale (London, 1889, no. 1002) to Quaritch; William Morris; Richard Bennett (purchased from Morris's estate, 1897); Pierpont Morgan.
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A set of proof impressions of the woodcuts.
Title, place of publication, printer, date of publication, and collation from the Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources.
Signatures: a¹⁰, b¹², c¹⁰ + 1 leaf.
Two hundred and fifty-seven cuts (three of these being repeats), arranged four on each page, and a single cut on the last leaf. They are given in the same order as in the book, but the twenty-one cuts to the Epistles and Gospels (twenty repeats and only one new cut) are matted; also five cuts from the body of the work; two of these, however, the King of Moab sacrificing his son, and the Return of the Prodigal Son, are represented by cuts which are replaced by others in the book itself. These two cuts, which are given here, were also reproduced in "Some German Woodcuts of the Fifteenth Century" (Kelmscott Press, 1897). Most of the cuts have superscriptions in a handwriting of the period--Cf. Catalogue of manuscripts and early printed books from the libraries of William Morris, Richard Bennett, Bertram, fourth Earl of Ashburnham, and other sources : early printed books, vol. 1.
Manuscript commentary in Latin by the scribe of Giovanni da Udine's Compilatio totius Bibliae et historiarum scholasticarum, with which these woodcuts are bound, and in German by a later 15th century hand--Cf. Harrsen, p. 73.
Artist: Master of the Richel Speculum; on fol. 1v. of the Compilatio totius Bibliae et historiarum scholasticarum is an illustration of Adam and Eve in a style that is retained in the woodcuts--Cf. Harrsen, p. 73.

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