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Friday 24 July 2020

Hans Brosamer’s woodcut, “The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth,” 1550

Hans Brosamer (aka Hans Brosshamer; Hans Brösamer) (c1495–c1554)

“The Creation of the Heavens and the Earth,” 1550, from the series of Illustrations to Martin Luther's “Catechismus Für die gemeine Pfarrherr und Prediger,” printed by Weygand Han (fl.mid-1500s) and published in Frankfurt am Main.

Woodcut on laid paper with three lines of German letterpress above the image borderline and letterpress text verso.
Size: (sheet) 17.1 x 13.4 cm; (image borderline) 13.1 x 13.1 cm.
Letterpress text printed above the image borderline: “Der I. Artickel. Ich gleube an Gott den Vater/ allmechtigen/ Schöpffer Himels vnd der Erden.” (The first article. I believe in God the Father / Almighty / Creator of [Heaven] and the Earth.)

TIB 4-[C] (467) (Robert A Koch [ed.] 1981, “The Illustrated Bartsch: Early German Masters,” vol 17, New York, Abaris Books, p. 62); Hollstein 355; Dodgson 13; Nagler Monogrammisten III 656,2, 12.

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The Creation; God blessing the universe (consisting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden framed by a circular firmament with the Sun, Moon and Stars), four winds in the corners”

Condition: strong early impression no sign of wear to the printing plate, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline on the sides and lower edge and three lines of letterpress text above the borderline. The sheet is in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing) with letterpress text verso and laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this remarkable woodcut showing an early representation of the creation of the universe with God in heaven above the earth, four winds blowing from the corners and Adam and Eve in paradise surrounded by sun, moon, clouds and stars, for AU$347 (currently US$245.78/EUR221.52/GBP192.86 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this superb impression of a rare woodcut, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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