A GERMAN JEWEL

Holbein-Illustrated
Luther New Testament
With a Very Early, Illustrated Edition of Luther's Old Testament
And with an Uncommon Translation of the Prophets
Bible.  O.T. German. 1525. Luther. Das Alt Testament dütch.... [Zürich]: Getruckt...durch Christophorum Froschouer, 1525. Folio (30.5 cm). 3 pts. in 1. p 6AT6 2AZ6 AaBb6 AAKK6 LL8; [4], CXII, [1 (sectional title)], CXLVII, LXVII, [1 (blank)]. [bound with] Bible.  O.T. Prophets. German. 1527. Hätzer-Denck. Alle propheten nach Hebraischer sprach veteütscht. [colophon: Worms: Getrucht...bei Peter Schöffern,] 1527. Folio (30.5 cm). AV6 ad6e4f6; lij [i.e., clii], [2 (final a blank)] ff. [bound with] Bible.  N.T. German. 1525. Luther. Die neuw Testamnt recht grüntlich teütscht.... Basel: Gedruckt durch Adam Petri, 1525. Folio (30.5 cm.). ab6AZ6AAHH6II4; [18], CLXXXIIII ff.
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The illustrations of this Petri Testament are extremely important. Eleven of the 15 cuts are by Hans Holbein, the Younger, as is the printer's device, and the above-mentioned N.T. title-page border is after his work, cut by Hans Lützelburger. Ten Holbein illustrations measure 8 x 6.5 cm (3.125" x 2.5"), and these include cuts of the four Evangelists, with the six remaining occurring at the beginning of various books. The 11th Holbein is the page-spanning triptych (9.3 x 13.5 cm; 3.625" x 5.375") that begins the Book of the Apocalypse. The four remaining cuts are all in that book and are unattributed; each measures 8.5 x 12.5 cm (3.5" x 5") and portrays one of the Four Horsemen. They offer a sobering ending to the Testament.


 

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