The Book Printed by Pavel Sessius in 1623 Containing Copies of Art Prints by Albrecht Dürer
The article provides information on the finding of a previously unknown Czech-language printed book from 1623, the work of the Prague typographer Pavel Sessius and an unknown Czech translator, who used the initials M.W.S. The unique printed book was discovered in the collections of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna. Besides the textual part, comprising quotations from the Bible and short prayers, it includes a title border with the motif of Calvary, inspired by earlier domestic sources, and above all sixteen woodcut copies of selected scenes from the graphic cycle The Small Passion by the German painter and graphic artist Albrecht Dürer. The article describes the typography and illustration aspects of the printed book in detail. The author also tries to identify any foreign models for it.
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