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Wednesday 13 January 2021

Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder’s woodcut, “Swiss Infantry in Battle”, c1548

Heinrich Vogtherr the Elder (1490–1556)

“Swiss Infantry in Battle” (descriptive title only), c1548, woodcut illustration published in 1548 in Zurich in Johann Stumpf’s (1500–1578) account of Swiss history, “Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten, Landen vnd Völckeren Chronick wirdiger Thaaten Beschreybung: hieriñ wirt auch die Gelegenheit der gantzen Europe: item ein kurtzuer griffne Chronica Germanie oder Teütschlands: in sonders aber ein fleyssige histori vnd ordenliche Beschreybung Gallie oder Franckrychs fürgestellt: darauff deñ obgedachte der Eydgnoschafft Beschreybung volget ...”, p. 154 (and employed as an illustration to other pages in the same publication). offers an online view of this print in its context in the book:

Woodcut on laid paper trimmed around the image borderline with letterpress text verso.

Size: (sheet/image borderline) 7.6 x 16.6 cm.

Condition: richly inked early/lifetime impression (based on the line quality showing minimal wear to the printing plate). Beyond remnants of mounting verso, the sheet is in near faultless condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing.

I am selling this superb woodcut of historical importance showing 16th century Swiss infantrymen in battle with pikes, longswords and halberds, for a total cost of AU$252 (currently US$195.61/EUR160.95/GBP143.50 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) 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 small but graphically arresting early woodcut executed with amazing skill, 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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