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Album of 63 German Renaissance Woodcuts by Hans Brosamer and Anton Woensam

[GERMAN RENAISSANCE WOODCUTS, 16TH CENTURY]. Kirchen Postilla. Doct. Mart. Luth

Wittenberg: Lorenz Seuberlich, 1598. 4to. Album (263 x 195 mm) containing 62 woodcuts by Hans Brosamer, various sizes but generally 140 x 140 mm, each with Fraktur titles above, tipped onto blank leaves (some woodcuts printed on two sides and thus hinged) + title-page as above printed in red and black with a woodcut by Lucas Cranach depicting Martin Luther and the artist himself kneeling besides the crucified Christ. 19th-century 1/2 calf over marbled boards (extremities a little worn), top edges gilt. Very good. Item #3650

Excellent album of German Renaissance woodcuts of high quality by little-known artists. Most of the woodcuts were executed by Hans Brosamer (Fulda? late 1490s - ca. 1554 Erfurt?) and Anton Woensam (Worms? 1493/6 - 1541 Cologne), according to the Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg / Universitats- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt "Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts [VD16]" Project. Biographical information concerning these artists is almost non-existent, but more than 1000 woodcuts have been attributed to them. On account of the relatively small size of their woodcuts, they have been grouped among the so-called "Little Masters" (Kleinmeister) of German printmakers of the first half of the 16th century. At least 25 of the woodcuts have been attributed to Hans Brosamer, all of which are reproduced from earlier editions according to Bodo Gotzkowsky ("Die Buchholzschnitte Hans Brosamers in Werken Martin Luthers und anderen religiosen Drucken des 16. Jahrhunderts: ein bibliographisches Verzeichnis ihrer Verwendungen, 2009, pp. 60-116).

The compiler of our album remains unknown but s/he usefully arranged (in general) the woodcuts according to the books of the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to which was added one woodcut of Acts. 9. In the upper right corners of the album leaves we have indicated the corresponding volume / leaf / recto (or verso) in the 1598 Wittenberg Kirchen Postilla. We have also indicated the woodcuts that may be confidently assigned to Hans Brosamer. Clearly, there is much more scholarship that needs to be undertaken.

We have made grateful use of the VD16 digitized copy of vols. 1-3 of the 1598 edition, and in doing so we have been able to create an exact list of all the woodcuts in the present volume, here presented in the order in which they appear in the published "Kirchen Postilla" volumes. In this list below, each woodcuts that may be attributed to Hans Brosamer is indicated "HB" followed by the page reference in Gotzkowsky:

Vol. 1:

Fol. 5r Das Evangelium am ersten Sontag des Advents/ Matthei 21
20r Das Evangelium am andern Sontag des Advents/ Luc. 21.
43r Am vierden Sontag des Advents/ Evangelium Johan. 1 (HB. G p. 62)
63r Evangelium am Christag Luc. 2.
103v Das Evangelium am Sontage nach dem Christage/ Luc. am 2. Cap. (HB. G p. 65)
123r Evangelium am newen Jars tage/ Luc. 2.
131v Das Evangelium am tage der Weisen/ welche man die heiligen drey Könige pflegt zu nennen/ Matth. 2. (HB. G p. 66)
151v Evangelium auff den ersten Sontag nach Epiphanie/ Lucae am andern Capitel. (HB. G p. 66)
163v Das Evangelium auff den andern Sontag nach Epiphanie/ Johan. 2.
181r Das Evangelium auff den fünfften Sontag nach Epiphanie/ Matth. 13. (HB. G p. 68)
184v Evangelium am Sontag Septuagesima/ Matth. 20.
189v Evangelium am Sontag Sexagesima/ Luce 8.
195r Evangelium an der Herrn Fastnacht/ oder am Sontag Estomihi/ Luc. am 18.
203r Das Evangelium auff den andern Sontag in der Fasten/ Matth. 15.
207r Das Evangelium auff den dritten Sontag in der Fasten/ Oculi/ Luce 11.
212v Das Evangelium auff den Sontag Judica/ Johannis am 8. (HB. G p. 72)

Vol 2:

Fol. 17r Evangelium: Luce XXIIII. (HB. G p. 78)
44r Evangelium des andern Sontags nach Ostern/ Johan. 10.
53v Evangelium des dritten Sontags nach Ostern/ Johan. 16. (HB. G p. 79)
70v Evangelium am tage der Himelfarth Christi/ Marci. 16. (HB. G. p. 81)
83v Evangelium am Sontag nach der Himelfart Christi/ Johan. 15. und 16. (HB. G pp. 79 and 82)
89v Evangelium am Pfingstage/ Johan. 14. (HB. G p. 82)
114r Am Sontag Trinitatis: Evangelium/ Johan. 3. (HB. G p. 84)
128v Evangelium am andern Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luce 14.
151v Evangelium am vierdten Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luce 6. (HB. G p. 86)
168v Evangelium am sechsten Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 5.
174r Evangelium am siebenden Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Marci 8. (HB. G p. 88)
190r Evangelium am neunden Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luc. 16.
197v Evangelium am X. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luc. 19. (HB. G p. 89)
201r Evangelium am XI. Sontag Trinitatis/ Luc. 18. (HB. G p. 90)
211r Evangelium am XII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Marc. 7.
215r Evangelium am XIII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luc. 10. (HB. G p. 91)
220r Evangelium am XIIII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luc. 17.
243r Evangelium am XVII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Luc. 14.
248r Evangelium am XVIII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 22. (HB. G p. 93)
253v Evangelium am XIX. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 9. (HB. G p. 94)
259v Evangelium am XX. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 22. (HB. G. p. 94)
263r Evangelium am XXI. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Johan. 4. (HB. G. p. 95)
271r Am XXII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Evangelium Matth. am 18.
277r Evangelium am XXIII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 22.
285v Evangelium am XXIIII. Sontag nach Trinitatis/ Matth. 9. (HB. G p. 96)

Vol. 3:

Fol. 1r Am tag Andree des heiligen Apostels/ Evangelium Matthei am 4. Capitel.
7v Am tag Nicolai des heiligen Bischoffs/ Evangelium Luce 12
11r Am tage der Empfengnis Marie der Mutter Gottes/ Evangelium Luc. 11.
21r In der Christmesse / Wie zur zeit Midian (titles pasted above woodcut)
30r In der früe Christmes: Evangelium Luce am II. Capitel.
38r Am tage Stephani des heiligen Merterers/ Evangelium Matthei 23 (HB. G p. 64)
58v Am tage S. Pauli Bekerung Evangelium/ Matth. 19.
59v Historien von der Bekerung S. Pauli/ Act. 9.
66r Am tage Matthie des heiligen Apostels/ Evangelium Matthei 11.
69v Am tage der verkündigung Marie/ Evangelium Luce 1. (HB. G p. 105)
85r Am tage Johannis des Teuffers/ Evangelium Luc. 1.
98r Am tage da Maria zu Elisabeth gieng/ Evangelium Luc. 1.
102r Am tage Margarete: Evangelium Matth. 13.
102v Am tage Magdalene: Evangelium/ Luc. 7.
103r Am tage Jacobi des heiligen Apostels/ Evangelium Matthei 20.
108v Am tage der Himelfarth Marie: Evangelium/ Luc. 10.
111r Historien von der entheubtung Johannis des Teuffers/ Marc. 6.
113v Am tage der erhebung des heligen Creutzes Christi/ Evangelium/ Johan. 12.
111(bis)r Am tage Simonis und Jude der heiligen Aposteln/ Evangelium Johan. 15. (HB. G p. 80)
111(bis)v An aller Heiligen tage / Evangelium Matth. 5.
121r Am tage Martini: Evangelium Luc. 19.

REFERENCE: Bodo Gotzkowsky, Die Buchholzschnitte Hans Brosamers in Werken Martin Luthers und anderen religiosen Drucken des 16. Jahrhunderts: ein bibliographisches Verzeichnis ihrer Verwendungen (Baden-Baden, 2009), pp. 60-116.

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