Melchior Pfintzing, The Emperor Maximilian / Theuerdank.

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Creator

Johann Schönsperger

Title

Melchior Pfintzing, The Emperor Maximilian / Theuerdank.

Publisher

Johann Schönsperger

Date

December 1517

Coverage

[Augsburg]

Subject

Folio.

Description

Theuerdank (“Noble Mind”) is an allegorical poem describing the feats of the Emperor Maximilian in overcoming obstacles while pursuing his bride, Mary of Burgundy, whom he married in 1477. The volume’s importance to typography lies in the beautiful fraktur typeface, with many alternative characters and a large assortment of swashes, large and small. These were set as separate pieces which, in combination with the cast letterforms, form a remarkably close approximation to the appearance of handwritten manuscripts by scribes employing pen-made decorations.

Relation

LENDER: Jerry Kelly