Hagenau: Heinrich Gran, 1494. This is a handsome leaf from the press of Heinrich Gran (active 1489–1527). Gran was an Alsatian printer of the incunabular era and was one of the pioneers of book-printing in Alsace. Little is known about Gran's life other than that he introduced printing to Haguenau, then a more important city than today. Between 1501 and 1527 he printed 213 works of mostly theological content. The text of this book was written by English philosopher Robert Holkot (d. 1349). He belonged to the first generation of scholars to absorb and develop the views of famed English philosopher William Ockham. This is a leaf from his most famous Biblical lectures, on the book of Wisdom, associated with Cambridge, and known as the Postilla Super Librum Sapientiae. The leaf is 54 lines and headline, printed in gothic letter in double column, with one red initial. The leaf is generally clean and bright with browning to the margins, light creases on verso, and slight chipping where removed from the book in which it was bound. Very good condition. Measures 8.25 x 11.25 inches. Proctor 3182. Very Good.
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Dania Beach, FL: Claire Jeanine Satin, 2018. 1 of 2 copies. An homage to the Jewish Dutch philosopher, Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677). "This portrait is constructed using Spinoza's own words of philosophy and musings, with the exceptions of his eyes" in such a way that the text remains legible to read (Claire Satin). There is a scattering of a few three dimensional silver stars of David attached to the print. Printed on Lexan, a translucent material. Unframed. Size: 14 x 18 inches. Claire Jeanine Satin, a well known book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations. Satin's work has been extensively exhibited and collected in the United States and in Europe, including at The Library of Congress, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Getty (CA), MOMA, and The Victoria and Albert Museum. She is known especially for her conceptual works in uenced by the ideas of her friend and mentor the composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. ARTB/010822.