Mainz: Johann Schoeffer [Johannes Schöffer], 1532. Five leaves from the third German edition of Livy's Romische Historien. The printer, Johann Schoeffer, was the son of early German printer Peter Schoeffer and the grandson of Johann Fust, who was a financial backer of Johannes Gutenberg for the 42-line bible project. These handsome leaves are in German and printed in Gothic typeface. Each leaf has a large and finely executed woodcut to illustrate scenes of action and drama from Livy's famous history. There four line decorated initials marking a new paragraph or section. The leaves are generally in very good condition. The pages have browning along the margins and some spotting. One leaf has a small tear on its upper margin. There is light chipping along the page edges where they were removed from the book in which they were bound. The pages are numbered XCIX, CXLIX, CLXIII, CCCLII, and CCCLXVI. EPHEM/061223. Very Good.
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