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Wednesday 14 September 2022

Circle of Virgil Solis’ woodcut, “The Good Samaritan”, c1550

Circle of Virgil Solis (1514–1562)

Note that many elements in the design of this print follow Virgil Solis’ “The Good Samaritan” (TIB 19.158 [316], vol. 19 [Part 1], p. 363) (see

“The Good Samaritan”, c1550–1562, woodcut illustration to the Gospel of Luke (10:25–37), with letterpress German text printed on a double-sided leaf (pages 93/94) from Veit Dietrich’s (aka Vitus Theodorus; Vitus Diterichus) (1506–1549) “Summaria uber die gantze Bibla, das Alte und Newe Testament”, published in Frankfurt am Main by Sigmund Feyerabend (aka Sigismund Feyrabend; Sigmund Feierabend) (1528-1590) and printed by David Zöpfel (aka David Zephelius; David Zephelium) (fl.c1555–1563) and Johann Rasch (aka Johann Raschen) (fl.1556–1562) in 1562 (Sotheby Auctions show a copy of this publication:

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

Size: (sheet) 32 x 19.5 cm; (image borderline) 7.5 x 11.7 cm.

Condition: a richly inked and evenly printed early impression showing little or no sign of wear to the printing plate. There are two repairs to support tears in the margin, otherwise the sheet is in an excellent condition for its considerable age with no significant stains, holes or abrasions.

I am selling this very strong impression of a 16th century woodcut illustrating the parable of the Good Samaritan—a caring adversary who assists an attacked traveller while those who should help (viz. a Jewish priest and a Levite) pass by—for the total cost of AU$212 (currently US$142.27/EUR142.48/GBP123.66 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 fascinating woodcut set within the full page of published text (recto and verso), 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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