1949 Fritz Kreisler Auction Catalog Incunabula Early Printing Binding Violin N/r
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1949 Fritz Kreisler Auction Catalog Incunabula Early Printing Binding Violin N/r:
The famed violinist as world-class bibliophile Valuable and Important Incunabula and Other Rare Early Printed Books and Illuminated Manuscripts, Together with Notable Specimens of Later Periods, Collected by Fritz Kreisler and Sold by Order of the Golden Rule Foundation and the Lenox Hill Hospital, sale catalog from Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, January 27 - 28, 1949. Pictorial softcover, 10.25 x 7.25 in., 128 pages, illustrated in black and white. Wear to edges of covers (some chips and small tears), otherwise clean, tight, and very good overall.
An invaluable record of the extraordinary collection of rarities assembled by one of the greatest violinists of his age. From the foreword: "Even the most cursory examination of this catalogue will establish beyond a doubt the fact that this is no ordinary collection of old books. It will quickly be recognized also that the collector of it is no ordinary man, but one who, with wisdom, taste, and knowledge, brought together a most distinguished and rare library, which has its roots mainly in the fifteenth century....
"This collection is rich in fifteenth-century illustrated books which never fail to interest and entertain modern scholars and collectors of incunables. Johann Bamler and Anton Sorg were Augsburg printers of such works; Johann Zainer of Ulm, Laurentius de Rubeis of Ferrara, and Johann Pruss of Strassburg were others. Lienhart Holle and Conrad Dinckmut were among the successful producers of pictured books in Ulm, despite the fact that the constantly recurring plague offered almost insurmountable obstacles. Peter Schoeffer of Mayence printed the Gart de Gesuntheit, which appears in this catalogue under the heading of Hortus Sanitatus. The remarkable woodcut frontispiece of this work illustrates a group of thirteen physicians, with the attribution laid to Erhard Reuwich....
"Anton Koberger, well-known printer of the Nuremberg Chronicle, was said to have had twenty-four presses in operation at the same time, and perhaps as many as a hundred printers were employed by him. Fortune guided his choice when he settled upon two artists of distinction, Michel Wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff.... It is difficult to leave the subject of the woodcut, in whose production artists in so many fifteenth-century cities were involved, without again mentioning Albrecht Durer of Nuremberg. Much of his genius was expressed through the woodcut, and his influence is exemplified in this collection....
"The collection ranges from the fifteenth to the twentieth century and is replete with rarities. What could be rarer than the Psalterium cum Hymnis, or thirty-one leaves of the Biblia Pauperum, or Juan Gil's manuscript on poisons, or Monstrelet's Croniques? There are also many bindings of great beauty and importance, such as the Lortic specimen on the Monstrelet 'Chronicles' or the Jean Grolier example...."
The sale included some 174 lots, most with detailed, extensive documentation.
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