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Thursday 27 June 2019

Conrad Faber von Kreuznach's woodcut illustration to Titus Livius’ “Romische Historie ...", c1505

(Attrib.) Conrad Faber von Kreuznach (aka Konrad Faber von Creuznach; [formerly] “Master of the Holzhausen Portraits”) (1495–1558)

“Marcus Danlius Confronts Lucium Wanlium” (descriptive title only), illustration to page 358 (CCCLVIII) of Titus Livius’ (59 BC–17 AD) “Romische Historie usz Tito livio gezogen” from the German edition published 1505–1530 by Johannes Schoeffer (c1475–1531) in Mainz, translated from Latin by Bernhard Schöfferlin (c1436–1501) and Ivo Wittich (1456–1507).

WorthPoint offers the following marvellous insight into Conrad Faber von Kreunach’s compositions:
“To depict scenes for the book, Conrad Faber used sketches which he had made during his travels along the Rhine. Thus identifiable towns on the Rhine were used to illustrate sieges and 16th century German dukes represented Roman leaders.”

Woodcut on fine early laid paper with letterpress fraktur text (recto and verso) backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 26.8 x 17 cm; (image borderline) 17.5 x 16.5 cm.
Lettered above the image borderline: (centre) “Der Römischen Historien.” (The Roman Histories); (right) “CCCLVIII” (358).
Lettered with six lines of German text below the image borderline:
“Marcus Danlius der Römischbirgermepster sog/ …/ …/ …/ …/ …/ …fole er da wider nichr fechres odes”
(Google translation with apologies for errors) “Marcus Danlius of the Roman-Bohemian monasteries, with his dewy-eyed finery, called upon the mountain to the end of the day, and called his brother Lucium Wanlium of midnight values (who favors the suffering and suffering of the dark) / and if, in the eventuality, he would be able to grasp the isolated place, he did not oppose it”.

Condition: richly inked, crisp impression without signs of wear to the printing plate. The sheet is in near pristine condition for its considerable age (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use) and is laid upon a support sheet of fine archival/millennium quality washi paper.

I am selling this superb woodcut masterpiece from 1505 for AU$388 (currently US$271.40/EUR238.62/GBP213.88 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 woodcut of extraordinary quality in museum quality condition, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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