The first book illustrations of Hans Baldung Grien

(Andreae, Johannes). Arbor consanguineitatis cum suis enigmatibus [e]t figuris.

(Nuremberg, Hieronymus Höltzel, 23 December 1506).

4to. (23) ff. Printed in red and black. With full-page woodcut on verso of title-page and 15 woodcut genealogical diagrams, some full-page. Modern half vellum over marbled boards.


Important collection of commentaries on the canon law of marriage and inheritance among blood relations; a standard work of the Middle Ages that saw more than 59 incunabular editions. Compared to Höltzel's first issue, produced in 1505, the present edition has been expanded by 5 leaves. Of the 15 woodcuts showing various degrees of relation, six are by Hans Baldung Grien, whose first works of woodcut book illustration these are. The new woodcut on leaf e2v ist not by Baldung, but by an imitator. The finely printed woodcut on the verso of the title-page, the work of an unidentified artist, shows St. Jerome kneeling before a crucifix with a fortified city in the background.

Trimmed rather closely with insignificant loss to some of the printed marginal glosses. Light brownstaining to title-page; an old blue crayon annotation to the colophon.

VD 16, J 321. BM-STC German 31. Adams A 1056. IA 105.179. Panzer VII, 443, 29. Oldenbourg L 2. Kat. Karlsruhe I Anm. Dodgson, Cat. I, 510, 23. Kat. Baldung-Ausstellung Nürnberg 1961, Nr. 26. Oettinger/Knappe, Nr. 71.

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