Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, 16. 1 Eth. 2°

Gemstone Facsimile Edition

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The Gemstone (Der Edelstein) is Ulrich Boner's collection of one hundred fables with woodcut illustrations printed in large format by Albrecht Pfister in Bamberg in 1461, one of the first books to be published in the German language. Pfister is often credited with the innovation of adding woodcuts to movable type printing. The woodcuts in the Wolfenbüttel copy—each a depiction of the interlocutor on the left and a scene of the narrative on the right—are hand-colored, and capital letters throughout the book have been touched with red. The two-line initials were supplied by hand.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Gemstone": Boner: Der Edelstein facsimile edition, published by Mueller & Schindler, 1972

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Printed book description compiled by Dongwon Esther Kim.
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Boner: Der Edelstein

Stuttgart or Simbach am Inn: Mueller & Schindler, 1972

  • Commentary (German) by Fouquet, Doris
  • Limited Edition: 950 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Gemstone: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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