Bookseller Nina Musinsky

Albrecht DÜRER. Apocalipsis cum figuris. Nürnberg: [Hieronymus Höltzel for] Albrecht Dürer, 1511.

Imperial folio. 16 leaves. Xylographic title with woodcut of the Virgin and Child with St. John; 15 full-page woodcuts signed with Dürer’s monogram, Latin text. 19th-century morocco by Francis Bedford.

 

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Provenance: The copy bears an early ownership inscription from the Carthusian monastery of Valle de Pesio in the province of Cuneo, near Turin; it subsequently entered the collections of the Niccolini family of Florence, and came to England, along with a number other known books and manuscripts from that library, in the 1820s-1840s. It has been in America since at least the 1920s or early 30s.

 

Second edition of Dürer’s Apocalypse suite, first printed in 1498 (the title cut is new to this edition). A fine, wide-margined copy of “the first artist’s book,” a supreme masterpiece of the art of the woodcut, by the greatest artist of the Northern Renaissance.

 

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