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Two religious emblem books: A mixture of humor,
intelligence, and protestant severity

DILHERR, Johann Michael.
Heilig-Epistolischer Bericht, Licht, Geleit und Freud. Das ist: emblematische Fürstellung, der heiligen sonn- und festtäglichen Episteln.
Nuremberg, Johann Andreas Endter and the heirs of Wolffgang der Jüngere, 1663. With engraved frontispiece and 85 large engraved emblems by M. Küsell after G. Strauch.
With: (2) DILHERR, Johann Michael. Augen- und Hertzens-Lust. Das ist emblematische Fürstellung der Sonn- und festtäglichen Evangelien.
Nuremberg, Johann Andreas Endter and the heirs of Wolffgang der Jüngere, 1661. With engraved frontispiece and 91 large engraved emblems by M. Küsell after G. Strauch. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary calf with the coat of arms of the Nuremberg patrician family Holzschuher Von und Zu Haszlach in gold in the centre of each board, gold-tooled spine, gilt edges.
€ 11,500
Remarkable association copy of two religious emblem books, written by the Nuremberg theological professor and minister of the Sebaldskirche, Johann Michael Dilherr (1604-1669), printed in Nuremberg, and here together in a contemporary armorial binding made for one of the oldest patrician families of Nuremberg, Holzschuher Von und Zu Haszlach. The present engravings are among the best of the artist's work and represent a high point in German book illustration of the period.
Binding slightly rubbed at the corners. Fine copies.
Landwehr, German emblem books 228 & 227; Praz, p. 316; for the patrician family, see: ADB XIII, pp. 31-33.
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