Authoritative Edition of the Neue Laienspiegel, Illustrated with 35 Woodcuts [Tengler, Ulrich (c.1447-1511)]. [Brant, Sebastian (1458-1521)]. [Locher, Jakob (1471-1528)]. [Tengler, Christoph, Editor]. [Schaufelein, Hans (c. 1480-1540), Illustrator]. Der Neu Layenspiegel: Von Rechtmssigen Ordnungen in Burgerlichen und Peinlichen Regimenten, Mitt Addit[i]on, Auch der Guldin Bulla, Koniklich Reformation, Landfriden, Auch Bewarung Gemainer Recht und Anderm Antzaigen, Cum Privilegio ne Q[ui]s Audeat hoc Opus Intra Tempus Determinatum Imprimere Sub Pena in eo Promulganda. [Augsburg: Johann Otmar, Johann Rynmann, 1512]. [xviii], 258 [i.e. 242],  ff. Final leaf blank. 34 full-page woodcuts (6 by Schaufelein), 1 double-page woodcut. Folio (11" x 8"). Contemporary calf with elaborate blind-tooling, early repairs to spine ends, clasps lacking, catches present, endpapers renewed. Several worm holes to boards, moderate rubbing and a few minor scuffs to rear board and extremities, front hinge partially cracked, bookplate residue to front pastedown. Title page printed in red and black. Light to moderate toning, worm holes and worm tracks with some loss to text, legibility not affected, light soiling to a few leaves and title page, which has early owner signature. $7,500. * Third official Augsburg edition, the last by Tengler. As Stintzing notes, this was the standard version for nearly a century. First printed in 1509, the Laienspiegel (or Layenspiegel) responded to a popular need among laymen (i.e. Laien) and local political and legal officials for a compilation of civil, criminal and public law in the vernacular. (The addition of Neu in the third edition served to distinguish it from two unauthorized pirate imprints from 1510 and 1511.) Its text is enhanced with related woodcuts depicting court scenes, the duties of court officers, arrests, prisons, tortures and executions. Several images depict the work of angels, demons and witches. A chapter concerning Jews includes a woodcut of a legal proceeding with three Jewish parties (indicated by their legally required shoulder badges), one referring to a book in Hebrew. Tengler was a lawyer, town clerk and legal official in Hochstadt (Palatinate-Neuburg). Sebastian Brant, the humanist and legal scholar, reviewed Teng.
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