Book of the Vienna Sanctuary
Jn Disem Puechlein ist Uerzaichent das Hochwirdig Heiligtũb so man Jn der Loblichen stat Wienn Jn Osterreich alle iar an sontag nach dem Ostertag zezaigen pfligt
Place of Publication: Vienna, Austria
Overall: 21.2 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm (8 3/8 x 6 3/16 x 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Illustrated book; letterpress and woodcuts
Not On View
(Vienna: Johannes Winterburger, 1502); quarto; 24 leaves; deerskin binding; tan cloth slipcase. First edition, issue “b.”
The illustrations comprise five full-page representations, including coat of arms of Death (fol. C8r), and over two hundred small woodcuts of reliquaries from the Treasure of the Stephenskirche, Vienna
This small book is one of the most extraordinary publications to survive from the early decades of printing. It’s an object-by-object guide to the treasures owned by Saint Stephen’s cathedral in Vienna, complete with pictures to help visitors identify the objects , one of the richest collections of religious relics in Europe. This is perhaps the first book that was meant to serve much like a museum handbook. Just a few copies survive, but that makes sense—how often do you keep your brochure from a museum visit?
William H. Schab (dealer), NY; April 9, 1953, purchased from him by the MFA.
William A. Sargent Fund