With a Full-Page Allegorical Frontispiece by Albrecht Durer Featuring Lady Justice, Her First Appearance in a Book [Nuremberg]. [Durer, Albrecht (1471-1528)]. Reformacion der Stat Nuremberg. [Nuremberg: Fridrichen Peypus, 1522]. [xxxvi], 30, 208 ff. Folio 12" x 8" (30.5 x 20 cm). Contemporary panel-stamped reversed calf (with traces of gilt stamping), early repairs to spine ends, clasps present and intact, endpapers renewed at some point. Some rubbing to extremities, chipping to head of spine, a few scuffs and stains to boards, small crack to front joint, rear hinge cracked due to worming, minor worming to fol. 208. Allegorical frontispiece by Durer featuring Lady Justice and a female figure representing charity, attractive woodcut decorated initials throughout. Light toning to text, some leaves lightly browned, faint stains and foxing to a few leaves, wide margins. "1522/ jahre" to title page in near-contemporary hand, interior otherwise clean. $12,500. * First edition, and only edition with Durer's frontispiece, which includes an image of Lady Justice. This was the first time her image appeared in a book. Nuremberg was the center of the Renaissance in Germany and was its leading cultural and intellectual center until the end of the sixteenth century. These qualities are reflected in the contents and design of this volume. Enacted in 1479, the Reformacion, or Reformed Civic Legal Code, of Nuremberg is known for its humanistic orientation, straightforward language and elegant production. It is also notable as the collection of German city laws to be issued in print. The 1522 issue by Peypus is notable for its splendid full-page frontispiece by the great Nuremberg artist Albrecht Durer, which was originally issued as an independent print in 1521. The bottom half depicts two putti displaying the arms of the city and empire. The upper half depicts Lady Justice, holding scales and a sword, and a female figure representing charity, who is pouring coins from a purse and opening her bodice to bear her heart, which is represented by a flame. The woodcut initials are finely carved and possibly the work of Durer or his workshop. OCLC locates 4 copies in North America, 1 in a law library (Harvard). Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts N2027. Meder, Dure.
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