1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf
1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf
1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf
1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf
1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf

1548 Joh. Stumpf, Appenzell Wars, Switzerland rare woodcut leaf

SFr. 85.00

Original woodcut leaf from the first issue of Stumpf’s famed Swiss Chronicle of 1548

Large folio leaf.

36x22.5cm

With heraldic Coat of Arms to verso

Fine detailed woodcut by Heinrich Vogtherr depicting one of the skirmishes of the The Appenzell Wars.

Heinrich Vogtherr (the Elder) (1490 in Dillingen an der Donau – 1556 in Vienna) was an artist, printer, poet and medical author of the Reformation period. 

He has worked for almost all of the Strasbourg printers. In 1536 he founded his own printer business in which he printed only his own works, such as "Christian Losbuch", two "Anatomies", and the immensely popular, several times reprinted "Art Booklet", a type specimen book for artisans. Starting in 1538, he began lived for a while in Basel. His family in Strasbourg he would only sporadically see (as of 1542), as if he was forced, for financial reasons, to travel around all the time. So he went to Speyer, Basel, back to Strasbourg, several times to Augsburg and finally to Zurich, where he lived from 1544 to 1546 at Christoph Froschauer's premier printing workshop. For whose workshop he created in this relatively short period, a surprisingly comprehensive and quality- full work, including more than 400 woodcuts for the "Swiss chronicle" (1547/48) by Johannes Stumpf. Vogtherr's finally had to leave Strasbourg due to the lack of jobs for book illustrations. In 1550, he was summoned to Vienna by Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (Emperor at that time was still his brother Charles V who abdicated in 1556, the year of Vogtherr's death).

The Appenzell Wars (German: Appenzeller Kriege) were a series of conflicts that lasted from 1401 until 1429 in the Appenzell region of modern-day Switzerland. The wars consisted of uprisings of cooperative groups, such as the farmers of Appenzell or the craftsmen of the city of St. Gallen, against the traditional medieval power structure represented by the House of Habsburg and the Prince-Abbot of the Abbey of St. Gall.

Fine condition.