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Thursday 22 February 2024

Monogrammist CB’s woodcut, “Portrait of Justinus Göbler”, 1500

Monogrammist CB (possibly Claude Bezoard) (fl.1550 –)

“Portrait of Justinus Göbler”—a German poet, lawyer and author of legal texts, 1550, printed by Christian Egenolph (aka Christian Egenolff) (1502–1555) and published in Frankfurt am Main in 1552 in Justinus Göbler’s “Der Rechten Spiegel, Auß den beschribenen Geystlichem, Weltlichen, Natürlichem, vnd andern gebreuchlichen Rechten …”, as a portrait of the author facing the introduction to the publication (see to view this publication online).

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

Size: (sheet) 21.6 x 14.3 cm.

Inscribed in plate with the artist’s monogram and date, “1550”, at upper-right corner.

Nagler Monogrammisten I, 2284 (G.K. Nagler 1858–1879, “Die Monogrammisten, und diejenigen bekannten und unbekannten Künstler aller Schulen, welche sich zur Bezeichnung ihrer Werke eines figürlichen Zeichens...”, Munich, vol. 1, p. 956, cat. no. 2284).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Portrait of Justin Gobler; half-length, in three-quarter profile to right, his hands resting on parapet, holding a scroll in his left hand; wearing rings, patterned cloak, doublet and portrait medallion suspended from a chain around his neck; illustration to Gobler's 'Der Rechten Spiegel' (Frankfurt: Egenolff, 1552). 1550 Woodcut” (

See also the description of this print offered by the Rijksmuseum:

Condition: a strong and well-printed impression trimmed around the image borderline and laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper providing wide margins. Beyond a restored chip to the lower margin, the sheet is in very good condition with no significant stains.

I am selling this marvellous woodcut portrait, for AU$284 (currently US$187.25/EUR172.38/GBP147.60 at the time of posting 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 beautifully executed and historically important portrait from the early 1500s, 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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