Sterneberch. Von den böfen Juden folget hier eine Geschichte

AUCTION 19 | Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art

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Lot 32

Sterneberch. Von den böfen Juden folget hier eine Geschichte

Facsimile printed on Sixteenth-century paper made from only known example from the the library of Julius Krone (since lost). One of 100 facsimilie examples. Striking woodcut illustration of Jews desecrating the Host. Text in Gothic German. With four-page explanatory accompanying text (xeroxed from copy in the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana) ff. (4). Light stains in places, trace marginal worming on last two leaves. Unbound. Sm. 4to

(Vienna: Gilhofer & Ranschburg 1889)

Est: $1,500 - $2,000
Rare facsimile made from a unicum first printed in Lübeck by Matthaeus Brandis c.1492. It concerns charges that were brought against the Jews of Mecklenburg in 1492, of desecrating the Host. A Jew was accused of having persuaded a priest to convert to Judaism and subsequently induced him to steal the Host. Upon arrest, some two dozen Jews were subjected to horrible torture in order to extort a confession. Though they denied the charge, they were sentenced to be burnt at the stake. On October 24th, 1492, they were taken to a hill near the city of Sternberg—since renamed "Judenberg" - where they died on the pyre. See G. Kohut, Geschichte der Deutschen Juden (1898) p. 479. The opening leaf of this work depicts a striking image of Jews desecrating the Host. Since the unicum was lost- this fine 19th-century facsimile represents the only known example of this image. Provenance: Acquired by the present owner from H. P. Kraus, New York