Item #010254 1519 – Leaf from the most beautiful illustrated book of the 16th century, Die geuerlicheiten und eins teils der geschichten des loblichen streitbaren und hochberumbten helds und Ritters Tewrdannckhs (The atrocities and part of the stories of the laudable, combative and famous hero and knight Tewrdannckhs). Maximilian I., Melchior Pfintzing.
1519 – Leaf from the most beautiful illustrated book of the 16th century, Die geuerlicheiten und eins teils der geschichten des loblichen streitbaren und hochberumbten helds und Ritters Tewrdannckhs (The atrocities and part of the stories of the laudable, combative and famous hero and knight Tewrdannckhs)

1519 – Leaf from the most beautiful illustrated book of the 16th century, Die geuerlicheiten und eins teils der geschichten des loblichen streitbaren und hochberumbten helds und Ritters Tewrdannckhs (The atrocities and part of the stories of the laudable, combative and famous hero and knight Tewrdannckhs)

Augsburg, Germany: Johann Schonsperger, 1519. Disbound. Die geuerlicheiten, often referred to as simply Theuerdank, was written by Emperor Maximilian I, polished by his secretary, Melchior Pfintzing, and first printed in Augsburg in 1517 by Johann Schonsperger. Trimmed along the top edge to facilitate its original binding.

The book’s type was designed by Vinzenz Rockner, the emperor's court secretary, and the woodcuts approved by Maximilian himself, are the work of the great woodcut artists of the time. This literary epic was conceived by Emperor Maximilian (represented in the poem by the hero, Theuerdank,) to celebrate his heroic feats in overcoming the difficulties on his journey to win his bride, Mary of Burgundy (die Kunigin Ernreich in the poem). Maximilian was largely responsible for writing the poem and had made the first drafts in 1505-08.

This leaf (8” x 13”), printed in 1519 by Johann Schonsperger, was from the second edition, which was a line-by-line reprint of the first. It features a woodcut by Leonhard Beck of Theuerdank striking the evil Burgundian Captain Fürwittig, who would be beheaded by the end of the tale.

. Very good. Item #010254

Price: $250.00