Catalogue of Early Prints in the British Museum; Willshire, W.H. German and Flemish Schools

Catalogue of Early Prints in the British Museum; Willshire, W.H. German and Flemish Schools

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...Christopher, with a date of the first quarter of the fifteenth century, and confess it must have had its forerunners, what are we to thinkwhenwe look at some of the block books to which notafewpersons have been disposed to assign a nearly, if not quite, as early a time of origin? That certain of these xylographs, as e.g. the " Ars Memorandi " and the "Apocalypse," may not be much younger than the print in question may be conceded perhaps, as also that not much more talent, whether of design or technic, is displayed in them. Yet of these, as of other incunabula, it maybe said that inferiority of design and technic does not necessarily imply antiquity, as a work may be simply bad and not old. But what are we to say of the i' Ars Moriendi," the first edition, now in the General Library of the British Museum? Of the first editi0n----so considered by somo--of the "Biblia Pauperum" belonging to the department of Prints and Drawings? Some of the designs in the first work are worthy of Van Eyck himself--they are beautifnl--and their technical execution far beyond anything like that of the other incunabula which have been mentioned. To several of the designs and figures in this particular edition of the"Biblia Pauperum" also high praise may be given-if not so high as in the case of the "Ara Moriendi"---for the manner in which the drawing and technic have been carried out. In these xylographs so much artistic feeling and of practised manipulation is clearly visible, as to show that both designer and engraver were, relative to their times, masters in their arts. If such be the case, it must be assumed that these works were produced some time---perhaps a quarter of a century--after the...
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655213X
  • 9781236552136