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'De ratione conscribendae historiae, ex graeco in latinum traductus...'; book by Lucianus of Samosata, translated by Willibald Pirckheimer, and printed by F Peypus in Nuremberg in 1515, with an ornamental title-page woodcut from c.1513 by Albrecht Dürer, showing Willibald Pirckheimer's coat of arms hold by two putti on the bottom, at each side columns, the left surmounted with a crane atop a philosopher's egg and the right with a satyr playing panpipes, the very right column supports a chain that includes a pomegranate, on the lower left a round portrait medallion. 1513 (1515)
Woodcut and letterpress
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Height: 187 millimetres
Width: 127 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This title-page woodcut was used in five of Pirckheimer's publications, the first time in Willibald Pirckheimer's tanslation of Plutarch, entitled 'Plutarchi Chaeronei de his qui tarde a numine corripiuntur libellus', printed by F Peypus in Nuremberg, 1513.
CD, who first considered this to be School of Nuremberg and inclined to attribute the woodcut to Springinklee (see CD.I.379.1), retracted his doubts about Dürer's authorship later in Kurth (1927), no.270, introduction.
This woodcut is cropped at the bottom edge.
The translator's name is added to the title-page in Pirckheimer's hand.
Paisey, BM cat (2002), no.242
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Associated Title: De ratione conscribendae historiae, ex graeco in latinum traductus...
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- Acquisition notes
- From Willibald Pirckheimer's library, sold by Hans Hieronymus Imhoff to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, in 1636, and presented by Henry Howard, Duke of Norfolk, to the Royal Society in 1667.
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