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Second edition of the first printed version of Cinderella,with 6 other stories, all with new and better woodcut illustrations

GEILER VON KAISERSBERG, Johannes.
Das Irrigschafe[:] Das irrig Schafe ... Der helisch Lew ... Kristliche Küngi ... Der Dreieckecht [running head: "Der dreieckecht Spiegel"] ... Der Esche[n]grüdel ... Der Klappermul ... Der Trostspeigel ... Geprediget und gegetütstt, ... mitsampt den obbestimten Tratäte[n].
Strassburg, Johann Greiniger, 1514. Small folio (26.5 x 18.5 cm). With 8 large woodcut illustrations (mostly ca. 8.5 x 13 cm, 1 showing 2 images), one to each story plus an extra one for the story of the three-cornered mirror. Further with more than 100 woodcut decorated uncial initials (3 series) including some repeats. With the main text (in 2 columns) set in a bastarda type and the title and headings in 2 larger rotunda types. Recased in 17th-century(?) boards covered with a large fragment of a bifolium from a 15th-century(?) liturgical parchment manuscript in 2 columns of textura with dozens of 1- and 2-line red uncial letters (leaf 88 and its conjugate). The paste-downs have been preserved but the free endleaves are new.
€ 8,500
Second edition of a collection of popular stories presented as sermons, including "Der Eschengrüdel" the first printed version of the fairytale of Cinderella. The woodcuts in the present edition are new, that showing the three-cornered mirror closely copied from the 1510 edition, but the others larger, more skilfully cut and much more detailed than those of the 1510 edition, and the book adds a second block for "the three-cornered mirror", containing two images from the story of Jesus. The woodcut showing the disconsolate Cinderella cleaning ashes at the kitchen hearth therefore served as the prototype for numerous Cinderella illustrations. Matthias Schürer published the first edition of 1510, also at  Strasbourg but in 4to format. Johann Geiler von Kaisersberg (1455-1510), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, met great fame as a popular preacher at Strasbourg, where he had close ties to leading humanists. He based his sermons on popular stories taken from oral stock of folktales, fables, and fairytales. For his moral purpose Geiler von Kaisersberg adapted the fairytale of Cinderella by placing her in a convent with two hundred sisters to treat her badly, and sending a Saint rather than a prince to save her. The moral was of course that God loved Cinderella all the more for her humility. The other sermons included are also based on German folklore: "the lost sheep", "the infernal lion", "the Christian queen", "the three-cornered mirror", "the gossip" and "the comfort mirror", each illustrated by a large popular woodcut, illustrating the story itself rather than the moral.
With marginal restorations to the first few and last few leaves, a few water stains and traces of former mildew, mostly in the margins, a few worm holes, mostly confined to the first 2 and last 2 leaves. Binding slightly rubbed and with some work holes in the boards, recased and structurally sound. A very early source for folk tales, all illustrated, including the second edition of the first printed version of Cinderella.
STC German, p. 335; USTC 627176 & 627177; VD16 G765 & G766; cf. Ritter, Incunables & Livres XVIe Siècle Bibl. Municipale Strasbourg, 1078.
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