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    Featuring Woodcut Illustrations by Jost Amman

    Aegdius Periander [also known as Gilles Omma] and Hermann Bote. [Till Eulenspiegel] Noctuae Speculum. Omnes Res Memorabiles, Variasque Et Admirables, Tyli Saxoici machinationes complectens, plane novo more nunc primum ex idiomate Germanico latinitate donatum... Frankfurt am Main: Georg Rab for Sigismund Feyerabend and Simon Huter, 1567. First Latin edition. Small octavo. A-Z8,a-d8. [8], 210ff=420, [4] pages. Title page woodcut and 103 text cuts by Jost Amman, Feyerabend printer's device on recto of last leaf. Modern remboitage using old sheep, some blind-lines, endpapers renewed, edges marbled; two old owner's names on the title page (one dated 1627), a few old marginal dampstains, some minor foxing, a few old notes, otherwise a very good copy overall. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Aegidius Periander (pseudonym for Giles Omma (1543-1568). "Till Eulenspiegel is a Volksbuch which enjoyed enormous popularity in the 16th century, especially among peasants and artisans. Till's story takes the form of a series of unconnected comic episodes, to that it forms a collection of Schwanke. He is an adroit and inventive practical joker who takes in his victims, who belong to the governing classes, by his disarming air of simple innocence." [ODGL] "Mit diesen Eulenspiegel-Buch legt Periander - noch vor Fischarts Epos Eulenspiegel Reimensweiss - die erste gereimte und zugleich eine "gelehrte", mit Kommentaren versehene Ausgabe vor, die den lateinkundigen Leser anspricht. Eulenspiegel wird der volkssprachigen Ebene enthoben und im kunstvollen Versmass einem gebildeten Rezipienten präsentiert." [Reinhard Tenberg: Die deutsche Till Eulenspiegel-Rezeption bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts, Würzburg 1996, page 169.] Jost Amman [1539-1591] was a Swiss-born painter and engraver on wood and copper. "A noted professor's son, the erudite Jost Amman chose printmaking over scholarship but always maintained contacts in humanist circles. He may have apprenticed in Basel or Zurich and probably also studied in Paris and Lyon. In 1561 Amman settled in Nuremberg, where he worked with Virgil Solis. After Solis's death in 1562, Amman began a lifelong partnership with Solis's publisher, [Feyerabend] adapting himself to every task and changing his style according to his employer's demands. The era's most prolific book illustrator, Amman illustrated at least fifty books for him alone. These projects included biblical compositions, widely reprinted scenes of tradespeople, and an artists' instruction book; many served as pattern books for later artists. [Getty Museum online] "As an engraver, he was one of the most laborious of the industrious artists of his country, who have so ably and amply contributed to the advancement of the art." [Bryan].

    VD 16 ZV2294. BM STC (Germ.) 289. Graesse II,517. Goedecke I,347:19. Becker, Amman, 148:12. Hinz 354.

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    August, 2015
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