An Illustrated Leaf from the
[Gregor Reisch]. "Charon, the Ferryman of the Underworld in
Hell" Woodcut Leaf Taken from the Margarita
Philosophica. Strassburg: John Schott, 1504. Woodcut: 5 x
6.5 inches. Leaf: 6 x 8 inches. Image on recto, Latin text on
verso. Leaf tipped into a matte frame and attached by two pieces of
tape along the right margin of the verso, not affecting text. Light
edge wear, dampstains in the margins with minimal affect to the
woodcut block, small worm hole in woman's forehead (she is at the
front of the ferry boat), light bleedthrough in blank upper margin
from running title on verso; else in very good condition. From
the Krown & Spellman Collection.
"Tree of all Knowledge"
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Taken from Gregor Reisch's "Natural Philosophy" section of the Margarita Philosophica. This book was once considered the "Tree of all Knowledge" and is considered as one of the first printed encyclopedias. Its illustrations, dealing with science and history are some of the earliest known on the various subjects.
Charon is the ferryman of Hell who carriers souls from the world of the living to the world of the dead.
VD16: R1035. USTC: 675101.
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