This vignette, with irregular sides, is engraved on the title page. It shows a steam-powered paddle-boat that’s also fitted with masts for sails, funnel belching smoke, with a amaller sailing boat in the foreground. The paddle steamer is listing heavily, so the boat in the foreground could be a lifeboat. In the background [...] [more...][$]
This engraving by Schultheiss is based on an oil painting by Moitz von Schwind, and depicts a scene about Rudolf von Habsburg (1218 – 1291), King of Germany. The story is that Rudolf, when he was still Count of Swabia, met a priest who was carrying the Sacrement for a Mass. Rudolf got off his horse to let the priest ride, out of respect for the Host. [...] [more...][$]
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