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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 on both sides, gold-tooled spine, gilt edges.
€ 11,500
Remarkable association copy of two religious emblem books, contemporarily bound together, printed in Nuremberg, written by the Nuremberg theological professor and minister of the Sebaldskirche, Johann Michael Dilherr (1604-1669), and owned by 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 highlight 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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