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Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Circle of Jost Amman's woodcut, “A Combatant Thrusting His Dagger in His Opponent’s Open Helmet”, c1570


Unidentified artist from the circle of Jost Amman (1539–1591)

Note that the design of this print is a variation on Jost Amman’s woodcut, “A Combatant Thrusting His Dagger in His Opponent’s Open Helmet” (TIB 20.4.241 [368] & TIB 20.5.3 (369]).

“A Combatant Thrusting His Dagger in His Opponent’s Open Helmet”, c1570, published in 1570 in Augsburg by Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft Bissinger and printed by Michael Manger (fl.1570–1603) and Georg Willer (1514–1593) as a woodcut illustration to the German edition of the first book (or certainly one of the first) on horsemanship by Federico Grisone (1507–1570), “Künstlicher Bericht und allerzierlichste Beschreybung des ... Friderici Grisonis ...: wie die streitbarn Pferdt ... zum Ernst und ritterlicher Kurtzweil geschickt und vollkommen zu machen. In sechs Bücher bester Ordnung, wohlverstendlichem Teutsch” ([Google transl.] “Artificial report and most delicate description of ... Friderici Grisonis ...: how the pugnacious horse ... to make serious and chivalrous Kurtzweil skilfully and perfectly. In six books of the best order, in easy-to-understand German”), with the treatise by Johann Fayser, “Wie die Streitbarn Pferdt” (As the War Horse). Archive.org offers and online view of this print in its context in the publication: https://archive.org/details/gpl_1757783/page/258/mode/2up.

Woodcut on laid paper with full margins (as published) and with German letterpress text verso.

Size: (sheet) 20.5 x 31 cm.

Condition: a strong, near faultless, lifetime impression (based on the quality of line showing very few signs of wear to the printing block). Beyond the chipped upper-left corner and a few minor marks and fractures to the edges, the sheet is in a relatively clean and excellent condition for its considerable age.

I am selling this graphically strong and well-preserved woodcut from 1570 from what is arguably the first book on horsemanship—this print is about war horses—for AU$274 (currently US$186.38/EUR181.54/GBP155.95 at the time of posting this listing) including Express Mail 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 amazing German woodcut from the late Renaissance, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.









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