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Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings

1515 Virgil. Grüninger Workshop (after) large Master Woodcut - FARMING CALENDAR - Incunabula Leaf

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Original from 1515

A pivotal and iconic calendar woodcut. The four books of The Georgics are about the cultivation of land, orchards, animal husbandry and beekeeping. The poet described all the occupations of the farmer in accordance with the calendar and the order imposed by Nature reflected in the woodcut on offer.

Large beautiful engraving from Virgil's Aeneid, from a Venetion printing by Giunta. Fine.

29.8 x 20.6 cm


VIRGIL, PUBLIUS MARO (VERGILIUS). Opera accuratissime castigata. I-III. Venice, Lucantonio Giunta, ca 1515.

This Giunta edition from 1515 is rightly acclaimed for its magnificent series of woodcut illustrations based on blocks of the anonymous Late Master of the Grüninger Workshop. According to Essling (I,i, p.75) the woodcuts were first used in an edition printed by Giunta in 1515, but while he was unable to locate a copy of the book he refers to the quantity and importance of the illustrations therein. Subsequently they were used by Giunta in editions of 1519 and 1522.

Very good condition. Fingering to top left margin just touching border.