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Sunday 21 May 2023

Virgil Solis’ woodcut, “Samson Rends the Lion”, 1560/2

Virgil Solis (1514–1562)

“Samson Rends the Lion” (TIB title) with letterpress text verso, 1560 (and 1562 with the strapwork border), from the series of 220 woodcuts in woodcut borders by Vigil Solis, published in 1562 by Sigmund Feierabend (1528–1590) in Frankfurt and printed by Johann Rasch (fl.1556–1562) and David Zöpfel (aka David Zephelius) (fl.c.1555–1563), as illustrations to “Biblische Figuren des Alten Testaments / Biblische Figuren des Neuwen Testaments”. offers an online view of this print in its context in the publication; see    

Regarding the publication in which this print features, the Curator of the British Museum advises: “The first edition was published in 1560. [This print with its strapwork frame features in] the second, enlarged edition, with 74 new images and woodcut borders from the 1561 Bible. The New Testament part is wrongly dated 1552 on the title-page” (

Woodcut on early laid paper trimmed around the strapwork borderline with letterpress text verso and backed with a support sheet.

Size: (sheet) 11.7 x 15.8 cm.

TIB 19 (Part 1) (9) 1.41 (316) (Jane S Peters & Walter L Strauss [Eds.] 1987, “The Illustrated Bartsch: German Masters of the Sixteenth Century”, vol. 19 [Part 1], p. 304).

Condition: a well-printed impression showing some signs of wear to the printing plate trimmed around the strapwork borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. The sheet is in an excellent condition with no tears, holes, folds or stains.

I am selling this superb woodcut created in 1560 for a total cost of AU$227 (currently US$151.73/EUR137.28/GBP120.85 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this small but visually arresting 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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