AMMAN, Jost (1539-1591) and Johann FEYERABEND (1550-1599)
Kunstbüchlin, Darinnen neben Furbildung vieler Geistlicher vnnd Weltlicher Hohes vnd Niderstands Personen so dann auch der Turckischen Kayser
Frankfurt am Main: R. Beatus fur J. Feyerabend, 1599. Small quarto. Title in red and black. 293 full-page woodcuts.
Late 18th-century blue straight grain morocco, bound by Roger Payne, covers bordered in gilt and blind, blue endpapers, gilt edges
Provenance: Henry Huth (arms in gilt on covers, morocco booklabel); Huth sale (Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, November 15, 1911, lot 166)
First complete edition of this model book for painters, designers, copyists and other craftsmen.
The designs comprise mythological and classical compositions, female figures, heads of bishops and Turks, military and other costume of the period, horses, combats, etc. after Jost Amman by various engravers. Originally intended for instructional use, the work is rarely found complete, as here. The binding attribution to Payne is as per the Huth catalogue.
Adams A-969; Fairfax-Murray German 36; Brunet I, 232; Colas 119; Lipperheide 498; Berlin Kat 4757z.