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  • Passional Christi und Antichristi.


  • Cranach, Hans, -1537.
  • Luther, Martin, 1483-1546.
  • Melanchthon, Philip, 1497-1560.
  • Schwertfeger, Johann.
  • Cranach, Lucas, 1472-1553.
  • Rhau-Grunenberg, Johann, active 1508-1525, printer.
  • Hoe, Robert, 1839-1909, former owner.
  • Hodgkin, John Eliot, former owner.
  • Bedford, Francis, 1799-1883, binder.
  • Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Martin Luther Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • [Wittenberg : Johann Rhau Grunenberg, 1521]


  • -  Jesus Christ--Art--Early works to 1800
  • -  Antichrist--Early works to 1800
  • -  Papacy--Early works to 1800
  • -  Wood engraving, German--16th century
  • -  Illustrated books--History--15th and 16th centuries
  • -  Germany--Saxony-Anhalt--Wittenberg


  • -  Scenes depicted in 26 woodcut illustrations on opposite pages from the life of Christ parodied in contrast to the pope's life and government. The latter are followed by quotations from the canon law, the former by quotations chosen chiefly from the Gospels. The selection of these quotations was presumably begun by Luther and continued by Melanchthon assisted by Schwertfeger. Cf. Luther. Werke. Kritische Gesammtausgabe, v. 9 (1893), p. 689-690.
  • -  Woodcuts attributed to Hans Cranach, formerly attributed to Lucas Cranach. Cf. Rosenwald.
  • -  Imprint from Benzing.
  • -  Signatures: A-B⁴ C⁶.
  • -  Title within ornamental woodcut border.
  • -  Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachbereich erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts (VD 16), L 5587, L 5586
  • -  Benzing, J. Lutherbibliographie, 1017, 1015
  • -  Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 647
  • -  Rosenwald Collection (1954 ed.) 460
  • -  Luther, J. Titeleinfassungen der Reformationszeit, 6
  • -  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress website.
  • -  LC copy has woodcut on verso of leaf B2 of Jesus bearing the cross.
  • -  LC copy in special binding by F. Bedford. Has book label on front paste-down of Robert Hoe.
  • -  LC copy 3 has Smithsonian acquisition no. 56020
  • -  LC copy 3 formerly shelved under: 1521e Luther Coll; 4 Rare Books
  • -  LAC nsk 2019-09-19 no edits (3 cards)
  • -  LAC ecr 2019-09-26 review
  • -  LAC ddw 2023-04-25 update (1 card)


  • [28] p. : chiefly ill. (woodcuts) ; 19 cm. (4to)

Call Number/Physical Location

  • NE1205 .C7 1521
  • NE1205 .C7 1521 Copy 2 25 cm. All leaves inlaid. Variant woodcut on leaf B2 verso of Jesus and disciples resting at the side of the road. LC copy misbound: leaf B4 bound between leaves C3 and C4. Gift of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Has super-exlibris and bookplate of J. Eliot Hodgkin.
  • NE1205 .C7 1521 Copy 3 19 cm. LC copy imperfect: [16] p. only. Lacks leaf B3 and all after leaf B4. Provenance: Smithsonian Institution.

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 24013891

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Chicago citation style:

Cranach, Hans, -1537, Martin Luther, Philip Melanchthon, Johann Schwertfeger, Lucas Cranach, Johann Rhau-Grunenberg, Robert Hoe, et al. Passional Christi und Antichristi. [Wittenberg: Johann Rhau Grunenberg, 1521] Pdf.

APA citation style:

Cranach, H., Luther, M., Melanchthon, P., Schwertfeger, J., Cranach, L., Rhau-Grunenberg, J. [...] Martin Luther Collection. (1521) Passional Christi und Antichristi. [Wittenberg: Johann Rhau Grunenberg] [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Cranach, Hans, -1537, et al. Passional Christi und Antichristi. [Wittenberg: Johann Rhau Grunenberg, 1521] Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.