[Theuerdank] Der Aller-Durchleuchtigste Keiser, Oder die Rittermassige, Hoch-Theure, Hochst-Gefahrliche und Glorwurdigste Gros-Thaten, Abentheuer, Glucks-Wechslungen und Siges-Reichen...
Place Published: Augsburg
Publisher: Mattaeo Schultes
Date Published: 1679
Description: Densely worded Gothic type title page printed in red & black. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece, and 117 finely printed large woodcuts (1 is hand-colored) by Leonhard Beck, Hans Burgkmair, Hans Schaufelein, et al., followed by 58 pages of text. Decorative initials and head/tailpieces throughout. Short folio, older vellum-backed boards (outer joint repaired, otherwise only lightly worn but with stain on rear cover). Augsburg: Mattaeo Schultes, . A very good clean copy of this scarce book.
Comments: Originally printed in 1517, this work is an epic allegorical poem commissioned to celebrate the exploits and heroic feats of the Emperor Maximilian I (represented by Theuerdank) who overcomes the difficulties attending him on his journey for and with his bride Mary of Burgundy. It is assumed that Maximillian himself had a considerable share in the composition, and may have made the first drafts in 1508-08... The finishing and general editing was then undertaken by Maximilian's private secretary M. Pfuntzing.Binding: hardcover
Condition: very good
Book ID: 239269