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Buch der Natur.
Illustrated with 12 full-page woodcuts, expertly colored in contemporary hand. The first woodcut shows Christ with a chemist and doctor, rendered in contour lines with a suggestion of architectural background. The second is a stunning depiction of Earth and the seven spheres which separate it from the Heavens. The following eight woodcuts depict various forms of animal, fauna and insects followed by an expertly rendered full-page woodcut portrait of a bishop in full regalia. And lastly, a woodcut depicts several grotesque and morphed human figures, echoing the apocryphal images of Mandeville's travels. Each chapter begins with a large decorative woodcut initial and the rest of the text has a three line initial letters in outline.
Contributor Names
Konrad, von Megenberg, 1309-1374.
Bämler, Johann, approximately 1430-1503, printer.
Thomas, de Cantimpré, approximately 1200-approximately 1270.
Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
Augsburg, Johann Bämler, 20 Aug. (Montag vor S. Bartholomaeus) 1481.
Subject Headings
-  Germany--Augsburg
-  A free translation and adaptation of Thomas de Cantimpré's De natura rerum. Cf. G. Ehrismann's Geschichte der deutschen Literatur bis zum Ausgang des Mittelalters, 2. T., Schlussband (München, 1935), p. 646.
-  Printed in black and red.
-  Library of Congress. Lessing J. Rosenwald collection, 80
-  Goff, F.R. Incunabula in American libraries, C-844
-  Copinger, W.A. Supplement to Hain's Repertorium bibliographicum, 4043
-  Catalogue of books printed in the XVth century now in the British Museum, II, p. 336 (IB.5704)
-  Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site.
-  LC copy: illus. and large initials colored; ms. foliation; ms. index of 8 leaves bound in. Contemporary stamped brown calf over boards, metal bosses and clasp (broken).
[194] leaves ([1], [2], and [194] blank, the first and last wanting). woodcuts: illus. 31 cm. (fol.)
Call Number/Physical Location
Incun. 1481 .K6
Digital Id
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Online Format
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Konrad, Von Megenberg, Johann Bämler, De Cantimpré Thomas, and Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. Buch der Natur. Augsburg, Johann Bämler, 20 Aug. Montag vor S. Bartholomaeus, 1481. Image.

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Konrad, V. M., Bämler, J., Thomas, D. C. & Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection. (1481) Buch der Natur. Augsburg, Johann Bämler, 20 Aug. Montag vor S. Bartholomaeus. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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