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De generatione Christi, sive defensorium inviolatae castitatis B.V.M.

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De generatione Christi, sive defensorium inviolatae castitatis B.V.M.

by FRANCISCUS DE RETZA (circa 1343-1427), falsely attributed to

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[Basel: Lienhart Ysenhut, circa 1490]. From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow. 4to (210 x 155 mm). 29 of 30 leaves (lacks first blank or title, see note above). 32 lines. Gothic types. 2 full-page woodcuts and 51 woodcuts in text (each circa 75-62 mm). Rubricated in red. Blue morocco gilt. Lower blank margin of a2 and d6 replaced. Provenance: Fritz Kreisler (his sale Sotheby's Parke Bernet, 27 January 1927, lot 141); purchased from Maggs Bros., 1966. EXTREMELY RARE EDITION CONTAINING A REMARKABLE SERIES OF WOODCUTS. The third edition of this curious text in Latin and German, which compares the relative improbabilities of mythical events and natural phenomena with that of the Immaculate Conception, illustrated with a striking series of early Basel woodcuts. The half dozen known productions from this rare Basel press are all illustrated and Ysenhut may have been a wood-engraver as much as a printer. The two full-page cuts of the Virgin were copied from the first Strasbourg edition of a decade earlier (Armin 132). According to Fairfax Murray the first leaf of this book was blank when first issued, and it was only after some copies were distributed that it was thought necessary to add a title-page (supplied in facsimile here and bound at end). VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only the Morris-Brunschwig copy has sold in the last 35 years: Christie's London, 27 November 1991, lot 37. BMC III, 780; BSB-Ink. F-253; Fairfax-Murray German 360; Goff R-153; GW 10275; Schreiber 4047. Fact and Fantasy 5.

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Riverrun Books & Manuscripts US (US)
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401683
Title
De generatione Christi, sive defensorium inviolatae castitatis B.V.M.
Author
FRANCISCUS DE RETZA (circa 1343-1427), falsely attributed to
Book condition
Used - From the Collection of Arthur & Charlotte Vershbow
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[Basel: Lienhart Ysenhut, circa 1490]
Keywords
Consigned
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early printed books; Illustrated Books; Incunabula;

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gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...[more]
facsimile
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leaves
Very generally, "leaves" refers to the pages of a book, as in the common phrase, "loose-leaf pages." A leaf is a single sheet...[more]
morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]

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