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De Laudibus sancte Crucis (In Praise of the Holy Cross)

Illustrated by Rabanus Maurus (German, 784?–856), Printer Thomas Anselm (German, died in 1524)

Place of Publication: Pforzheim, Germany

Catalogue Raisonné

Murray, German, 350; British Museum Catalogue, German, p. 420.


Overall: 31.5 x 22.2 x 3 cm (12 3/8 x 8 3/4 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with two woodcuts and thirty "figured poems," partly typographic and partly woodcut and printed in red and black

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Pforzheim: Thomas Anselm, March 1503) Folio; 85 leaves; blind-stamped brown calf, brown cloth box.

Illustrations: author presenting his book to Pope Gregory IV (two cuts, fol. Aa5v and Aa6v); others are full-page diagrammatic poems with woodcuts

Pforzheim: Thomas Anselm, March 1503


Old ownership (?) inscriptions on title and fol. Aa2r; Leo S. Olschki, Florence, from whom purchased by MFA, June 22, 1900

Credit Line

Museum Purchase