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Sunday 4 February 2024

Jost Amman’s woodcut, “Der Bader”, c.1568

Jost Amman (aka Jost Ammon) (1539–1591)

“Der Bader” (The Bather) (aka “The Bathhouse Proprietor” [TIB title]), c.1568, a woodcut illustration to Hans Sachs’ (1494–1576) “Eygentliche Beschreibung Aller Stände auff Erden” (Actual description of all classes on earth) (which this impression belongs) and to Hartman Schoppper’s (1542–after 1595) “Panoplia omnivm illiberalivm mechanicarvm ...” (aka “Book of Trades”; “A Panoply of all practical mechanical or sedentary trades which were ever devised by the ancients or by various men of our time, briefly and clearly set forth.”). Both publications were published in Frankfurt am Main in 1568 by Sigmund Feyerabend (aka Sigismund Feyrabend; Sigmund Feierabend) (1528-1590).

Woodcut on fine laid paper with letterpress text and full margins as published.

Size: (sheet) 17.8 x 13 cm; (plate) 7.9 x 6 cm.

TIB 20.8.95 (Jane S Peters [ed.] 1985, “The Illustrated Bartsch: German Masters of the Sixteenth Century: Jost Amman: Woodcuts, continued”, vol. 20, Part 2, New York, Abaris Books, p. 691, cat. no. 8.95 [371]); New Hollstein 51.95.

See also the description of this print offered by the British Museum:

Condition: a strong and well-printed early/lifetime impression (based on the impression showing no signs of wear to the printing plate) in a near pristine condition with no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains for signs of handling.

I am selling this woodcut of outstanding quality showing a bathhouse attendant engaged in the rarely portrayed scene of cupping a man and a woman with two children being bathed, for AU$268 (currently US$174.62/EUR161.76/GBP138.26 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 this amazing German woodcut from the late Renaissance, 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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