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


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

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.

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Some sample images

[picture: Ornate border from 1878 Title Page (black version)]

Ornate border from 1878 Title Page (black version)

This is the ornate decorative border from the title page of this book; it features cherubs or putti (naked boys with wings) holding up giant urns or vases; mermaids and mermen; angels, vines, flowers and leaves, all in one border or frame! Although the border is probably from a medieval/mediaeval or renaissance source, it would of course [...] [more...]

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

62k.—Initial capital letter “K” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “K”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It features a skeleton representing Death, wearing a fur cap and mantle, and [...] [more...]

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

62v.—Initial capital letter “U” from Dance of Death Alphabet

This decorative initial letter “U” or “V”, or drop cap, is from an alphabet designed by Hans Holbein and dating from 1523. It shows a man on horseback [...] [more...]

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

62s.—Initial capital letter “S” from Dance of Death Alphabet.

This decorative initial letter “S”, 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, S, has two skeletons, or Deaths, one of whom is touching and kissing a large-breasted woman while [...] [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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