Title: Historische Bilder-Bibel, Erster bis ...
Publisher: [J.U. Krauss?], Augspurg
Publication Date: 1705
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Folio (315 x 200mm). 5 parts in 1 volume separately titled (Patriarchen, Richter in Israel, Konige in Jerusalem, Propheten, Apostel). Elaborate Gothic type title page. Architectural frontispieces in parts 2, 3 & 4 and 132 plates (of 136, 2 numbered 60). Modern full calf to style (ticket of Green Dragon Bindery of Shrewsbury, Mass. on rear pastedown); (scattered thumbsoiling, some plates repaired, some remargined including pls. 132-135, some insignificant marginal worming and paper repairs, otherwise good). Rare Third Edition. Johann Ulrich Kraus was initially trained as a draftsman by his father, the carpenter and architect Johann Jakob Kraus and was probably later a student of Melchior Küsells in Vienna. The French engraver Sebastian Le Clerc had also a great influence on his work. Kraus’ engravings were widely praised for their meticulous attention to detail. Especially notable are his depictions of architecture and geographical views, which made him one of the most celebrated artists of his trade. This work, Krauss’ buchillustratorisches masterpiece, is chiefly illustrated by plates divided into two sections, the uppermost is a pictorial representation of a biblical scene and below is an emblematic interpretation amid sumptuous decor; both exemplifying all the forms and ideas of the Baroque. The bible text, which is written in rhyme, is set in between the two. Amongst the plates are some impressive portraits of the patriarchs in the book of Moses and skillfully crafted scenes of the New Testament. Some of these are purportedly taken from the first edition of "Biblischen Engel- u. Kunst Wercks" published in 1694. Notably, plate 86 of the first work includes a map of the Holy Land showing part of Cyprus. Faber du Faur, no. 1848; Landwehr V, 391. Bookseller Inventory # D6212
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