Sammelband of four 16th-century German books

16th century
Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), Ryff, Walter Hermann (German, 1500–1548)


Dimensions

Overall: 312 x 195 mm (12 5/16 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

2012.129

Medium or Technique

Illustrated books with woodcut illustrations

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Illustrated books

The volume consists of four books bound together in the later sixteenth century:

Dürer, Albrecht. “Etliche Underricht zu Befestigung der Stett, Schlosz und Flecken” (Nürnberg: [s.n.], 1527. 26 ff, including 10 folding leaves; bound with, Dürer, Albrecht. “Underweysung der Messung mit dem Zirckel und Richtscheyt, in Linien Ebnen und ganzen Corporen,” [Nürnberg: Gedruckt durch H, Formschneyder], 1538. 94 ff., including 2 leaves with printed extensions; bound with, Dürer, Albrecht, “Alberti Dureri clarissimi pictoris et geometrae de sym[m]etria partium in rectis formis hu[m]anorum coprporum libri in Latinum conversi,” [Nürnberg]: In aedibus viduae Durerianae, 1532. 80 ff.; bound with,
Ryff, Walter Hermann, “Der Architectur fünembsten notwendigsten angehörigen Mathematischen und Mechanischen Künst eygentlicher bericht.” Nürnberg: Gabriel Heyn, 1558.

Bound in contemporary German or Austrian pigskin, blind-stamped with rolls of Reformation-era humanists, a “caritas and spes” roll, etc.; brass catches on upper cover; 1 (of 2) brass clasps; spine replaced.

Provenance

Probably about the 18th century, the library of the Trinitarian Order, Vienna [see note 1]. By 1998, Ursus Rare Books, New York; 1998, sold by Ursus Rare Books to Marit Rausing and given to her former son-in-law, Joseph Koerner, London and Cambridge, MA; 2012, gift of Joseph and Margaret Koerner to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 25, 2012)

NOTE:
[1] According to an inscription on the first title page. The Trinitarian monasteries in Austria were suppressed in 1783, and their property was probably sold soon thereafter.

Credit Line

Gift of the Margaret K. Koerner and Joseph Leo Koerner family