Handcolored woodcut illustration from Heldenbuch. The Hero at Tournament. Johann Prüss.
Handcolored woodcut illustration from Heldenbuch. The Hero at Tournament

Book of Heroes

Handcolored woodcut illustration from Heldenbuch. The Hero at Tournament.

[Strassburg: Johannn Prüss, 1483.

Hancolored woodcut illustration on a single leaf. Sm folio (26 cm.) Woodcut 13 x 10 cm. Book of Heroes. Matted. Slight soiling, otherwise very good ISTC ih00013400, Schreiber 4196, Schramm 1418. Item #303810

The tales of the Heldenbuch were based on German medieval literature but adapted for audiences in the Renaissance. The epic poetry included in these books of heroes typically include material from the Theodoric cycle, the cycle of Hugdietrich, Wolfdietrich and Ortnit. This folio bears a handcolored woodcut of Wolfdietrich approaching the castle to spear the ring and receive a prize; like a game at tournament.

The Heldenbuch is one of the earliest, if not the very first, books from the presses of Johann Prüss, and one of the richest in illustration.

Price: $1,250.00 Free International Delivery