Historiae biblicae veteris et novi testamenti. Augsburg, Klauber,

KLAUBER Joseph & Johannes


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Latin and German titles printed in red and black, side by side.

Oblong folio (340 x 225mm). 100 engraved plates illustrating the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelations, numbered 2-100 by Klauber brothers after J.A. Stockmann. Contemporary calf over pasteboard, spine in compartments with blind-stamped ornament, label with title in second compartment (headcaps chipped, wear to extremities, upper and lower boards scuffed).

Augsburg: Josepho & Joanne Klauber, Fratribus,

The well-known, so-called 'Klauber Bible', from the extremely prolific Klauber brothers of Augsburg, Germany; one of their 'most important publications' (Stoll). Specialising in devotional prints, the engravers' technical skill is demonstrated here in the virtuosic execution of ornate frame, religious iconography, figure, landscape and architecture, although the design and composition of the plates cannot confidently be claimed for the brothers. 'The workshop is so often looked upon as an epitome of Augsburg, 18th century print art, the idea takes some time getting used to that the brothers were almost exclusively reproductive artists and that there are very few prints whose invention can confidently be claimed for them' (Stoll, 'Empire of Prints', 24). The title pages to the Old and New Testaments bear the signature of "I.A. Stockmann", draughtsman Johann Adam Stockmann, which might indicate that the designs for the suite are his. 

The plates depict scenes from the books of the Old and then the New Testament, with numbering from the Vulgate Bible (this, in conjunction with the 'Cath.' element of the brothers' signature at the foot of the plates, firmly stated their religious persuasion in the staunchly Protestant Augsburg). 

Dates given for this work vary; bibliographical consensus would suggest 1748, and the attributes of this copy align it with those described thus.  

'I.H.S.' inked to lower blank margin of title page. 

Closed tear to lower portion of first plate, with unobtrusive tape repair on verso, and further short, closed tears throughout, general browning at edges, some spotting, dusty. 

P. Stoll, 'Die Bilderbibel der Brüder Joseph Sebastian und Johann Baptist Klauber';'Empire of Prints: The Imperial City of Augsburg and the Printed Image in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries' (Augsburg, 2016). Berlinkatalog, 155. Thieme-Becker 19/20, 412. 

Stock Code: 221450

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