Thursday, December 24, 2009

Quintus Horatius Flaccus. Opera cum quibusdam annotationibus Jacobi Locher. Strassburg: Johann [Reinhard] Gruninger. 12 March 1498.

In this illustrated page, Horace appears to be seated at his desk. But in a previous 1497 edition of Locher’s Panegyricus ad Maximilian Tragoedia De Turcis et Soldano (Turks and their Sulton) printed by Johann Gruninger this image is also used as a portrait of Jacob Locher, poet laureate. The repeated use of woodblock illustrations by printers was not uncommon within texts of that period. This copy is the first illustrated edition of the works of Horace, containing more than 160 woodcuts.


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