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Lot 1334: Johann Ulrich Kraus BIBLISCHES ENGEL / HISTORISCHES BILDER BIBEL 1694 1700 Antique Theology Biblical Engraved Plates German Baroque Cartouches Ornamentation Illustrations
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Book Details: This lot contains the two titles bound into one volume: "Biblisches Engel--und Kunst Werck," and "Historischer Bilder Bibel Erster [bis] Fünffter Theil" by Johann Ulrich Kraus (both Augsburg: first title 1694, second title 1700).
Johann Ulrich Kraus (1655–1719) was an early German illustrator, engraver and publisher in Augsburg. Kraus became one of the most successful and respected illustrators of his generation in Augsburg (information courtesy of Wikipedia). This volume contains his two most important works, composed of illustrations of Biblical stories (Faber de Faur 1848 & 185, Rumann 80).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume has a separating front board and separated rear board. This volume has been rebacked. The work, in marbled paper-covered boards with leather backstrip and gilt lettering, displays loss of half the spine cover and moderate rubbing. The endpapers are new, and an armorial bookplate reading "Bibliotheque Schorsch" is present to the front paste-down. The interior displays mild to moderate scattered foxing and soiling, with a few spots of moisture markings, and the plates remain largely bright and well-preserved.
This work is composed almost entirely of elaborate plates, divided into two parts on a single side of the leaf. Narrative Biblical scenes make up the top half of the page, and symbolic scenes surrounded by Baroque cartouches the bottom half. These engraved plates incorporate elements of interior and exterior architecture, echoing the illustrative nature of emblematic themes. These works are "remarkable for the inventiveness of the ornamentation," and are a striking example of German Baroque bookmaking and illustration.
This volume has been collated, with the following observations:
Frontispiece, 10 pages of unnumbered text, followed by 30 numbered plates.
4 pages of unnumbered text, followed by 140 plates. Plates are numbered 1 – 135, with 2 plates having the number “60”, and unnumbered plates (1 each) between plates 22 and 23, 44 and 45, 76 and 77, and 112 and 113. Plate 95 is missing (repaired) the bottom right corner, resulting in the loss of the plate number, and minor loss of the image.
Faber du Faur 1848 & 1852. Rumann 80. Berlin Katalog 4298 & 4296. Brunet III, 696. Lanckoronska-Oehler I, 21. Jessen 2614 & 2616. LeBlanc II, 474, nos. 1-135 & 136-165. Landwehr, "German" 391. Hollstein, "German" XIX, 146 & 147.
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