Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.) (page 1/5)

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[picture: Book cover, Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)]

Engravings from “Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance” (Book-Ornament of the Renaissance) by A. F. Butsch, Leipzig, 1878. Alfred Butsch was a famous bookseller and a collecter of antiquarian books; the engraved plates in the book reproduce illustrations from early printed books.

I bought my copy of this book (actually Volume II hasn’t arrive yet!) from a bookseller in Germany; there is also a fac simile by Dover, but the reproduction is not of the highest quality, so these images are better, if very incomplete.

I also have Volume II.

Title: Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)

Author: Butsch, A. F.

Published by: Verlag von G. Hirth

City: Leipzig

Date: 1878

Total items: 40

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Book cover, Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)]

Book cover, Ornamentik Der Renaissance (Vol. I.)

This ornamental book cover, with its baroque border, is marked Munich (München) 1922; presumably the book was either rebound or reissued in 1922. [more...] [$]

[picture: 62h.---Initial capital letter ``H'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62h.—Initial capital letter “H” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “H”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It depicts a skeleton, representing Death, dragging off a bishop. [more...] [$]

[picture: Plate 62, Dance of Death Alphabet (overview)]

Plate 62, Dance of Death Alphabet (overview)

Plate 62 is Holbein’s Dance of Death alphabet. I am making the individual letters available at higher resolution; this image is just a place to put the notes and to let you get a feel for the whole alphabet. [more...] [$]

[picture: 62g.---Initial capital letter ``G'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62g.—Initial capital letter “G” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “G”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It shows two skeletons, or Death figures, siezing a queen; one skeleton plays the flute, or fife, [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 62r.---Initial capital letter ``R'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62r.—Initial capital letter “R” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “R”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. The skeleton figures in the alphabet represent death. This letter, R, includes a skeletons, or Death, being fought by a jester or fool. The implication is [...] [more...] [$]


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Engravings from “Die Bücher-Ornamentik Der Renaissance” (Book-Ornament of the Renaissance) by A. F. Butsch, Leipzig, 1878. Alfred Butsch was a famous bookseller and a collecter of antiquarian books; the engraved plates in the book reproduce illustrations from early printed books.

I bought my copy of this book (actually Volume II hasn’t arrive yet!) from a bookseller in Germany; there is also a fac simile by Dover, but the reproduction is not of the highest quality, so these images are better, if very incomplete.

I also have Volume II.


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