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: 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: 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: 62m.---Initial capital letter ``M'' from Dance of Death Alphabet.]

62m.—Initial capital letter “M” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “M”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It shows a doctor of physician in his study or laboratory, holding up a vessel. Behind him, Death (the skeleton) reaches for the doctor, with one bony hand on his shoulder and the other on the vessel. Or, possibly, Death [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Foliated chapter-head with geometric border]

Foliated chapter-head with geometric border

An Egyptian-inspired geometric border containing a fleur-de-lys in a circle between two vine branches. It was at the head of the first index page. The border style was popular in the nineteenth century, and the [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Title Page]

Title Page

The title page has been printed in two colours, and includes an ornate decorative border, which I also made available as separate images in green-brown (most like the original), black (easiest to re-use) and red (because people seem to like red pictures the best). [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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