Affentheurliche Naupengeheurliche Geschichtklitterung... Nun aber ... in eindem Teutschen model vergossen... Durch Huldrich Elloposcleron

FISCHART Johann; RABELAIS Francois (1617)


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8vo (168 x 105mm.) ff. [272 (last leaf blank)], title printed in red and black, woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer (many repeated), vellum-backed marbled paper boards

Gedruckt zur Grenflug im Ganssereich [Strasbourg: B. Jobin], 1617.

A later edition of Fischart’s famous interpretation of Rabelais’ Gargantua, first published at Strasbourg in 1575, with a title vignette printed in black with red blocks, and further woodcuts in the text attributed to renowned seventeenth-century woodcut artist and collaborator of printer Bernhard Jobin’s, Tobias Stimmer (1539- 84). The woodcuts also feature in the 1575 edition, forty years before.

That portions of the red used on the device on the title page are uniformly out of alignment - the result of a lack of any mechanical means of registration (Primeau, 11; Griffiths, 113) - suggests that they were stencilled on top of the initial woodcut, printed in black. While this vignette of the lobster and serpent is found in editions from the first – 1575 – onwards, it was only with the 1590 edition that the red began to be used.

 Geschichtklitterung is described as 'no literal translation but a free and expansive adaptation in which F's irrepressible verbal humour is the dominant characteristic'. Fischart (1546/7-90/91?) was an ardently protestant satirist from Strasburg and author of many attacks on catholic orders. 

VD17 32:633644G. The copy at Weimar was destroyed by fire. 

Provenance: bookplate of Ernst Conrad Stahl, art historian and author of a work on Dürer and on the depiction of St. Christopher.

Stock Code: 228736

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