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Imperatorum romanorum omnium orientalium et occidentalium verissimae imagines

Illustrated by Peter Flötner (German, about 1485–1546), Illustrated by Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (Swiss, 1525–1571), Cut by Rudolf Wyssenbach (Swiss, active 1546–1560), Cut by Christoph Schweitzer (Swiss, active 1550–1562), Author Jacobus Strada (died in 1588), Printed by Andreas Gessner (Swiss, 16th century)

Place of Publication: Zurich, Switzerland

Catalogue Raisonné

Dodgson, German and Flemish, I, p. 527; Guilmard, p. 356 (under no. 7); Hollstein 7 (Deutsch); Hollstein 17-18 (Schweitzer)


Overall: 49.8 x 38.3 x 3.8 cm (19 5/8 x 15 1/16 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous woodcuts (including 156 ornamental designs and 118 portraits)

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Zurich: Andreas Gessner, 1559) Folio; 126 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped red-stained vellum, green silk ties; red cloth box.

Illustrations: ornamental designs by Flötner, including grotesque panel (fol. 50v); large medallion portraits of emperors, ancient and contemporary, from Caesar to Maximilian (fol. 118r) and Charles V (fol. 118r).

Zurich: Andreas Gessner, 1559


Otto H. Ranschburg, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, September 12, 1946.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund