With 103 Woodcut Illustrations, Including One of the Earliest Illustrations of a Conjurer
CICERO, Marcus Tullius. Officia M.T.C. Ein Buch, So Marcus Tullius Cicero der Römer, zu seynem Sune Marco, Von den tugentsamen ämptern und zügehörungen, eynes wol und rechtlebenden Menschen, in Latein geschriben, Welchs auffbegere, Herren Johansen von Schwartzenbergs [et]c. verteutschet, Und volgens, Durch ine in zyerlicher Hochteütsch gebracht, Mit vil Figuren, unnd Teütschen Reymen, gemeynem nutz zu gut, in Druck gegeben worden. Augsburg: Gedruckt...durch Heynrichen Stayner , 7 December ] 1531.
Third edition of the first German translation of De officiis, which was first published by Heinrich Steiner 16 February 1531. Folio (11 3/16 x 17 13/16 inches; 284 x 198 mm.). [8], XCI leaves. Lacking the final blank as commonly found. Large woodcut on title of Julius Caesar enthroned and surrounded by eight counsellors, with Cicero shown writing in the background (repeated on G2 verso), large woodcut portrait of Schwarzenberg by Weiditz after Dürer on verso of title, the head within a circle surrounded by sixteen coats of arms, and 101 woodcut illustrations in the text, including ninety-nine by Hans Weiditz and one by Hans Burgkmair. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces, decorative and historiated woodcut initials.

Modern antique-style mottled calf. Spine ruled in gilt and decoratively tooled in blind in compartments, the blind tooling extending onto the covers, with black morocco gilt lettering label. One small wormhole affecting the first sixty-eight leaves, a few additional marginal wormholes. This copy was formerly part of a Sammelband, as suggested by the remains of an index tab on title. Overall, an excellent copy.

“One hundred cuts by Weiditz, in addition to borders and initials. Thirty-three of these belong to the Petrarch set, while the remaining sixty-seven (from sixty-four blocks, three of which are used twice) were designed for the Cicero itself. One cut (fol. 78) is by Burgkmair; two (50, 71 vo.) are anonymous” (Dodgson II, p. 143).

The subjects include: a conjurer performing sleight of hand tricks at a table (A3 verso); a calculating board (D2 verso, F6, and L2); breaking on the wheel (D3 verso); an astrolabe and hornbooks (E5 verso); a dancing bear (F3 verso); a pendulum clock (F4); a painting studio (F5 verso); bee hives (G1); a hand press as still used for sewing by bookbinders (H2); a child’s walker (I2 verso); phlebotomy (L2); a surgical operation (M2verso); a spider’s web (N6); and card playing (O2).

Fairfax Murray, German, 118 (describing the 16 February 1531 first edition). STC German, p. 209. Worstbrock 141.

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