INVENTION and DISCOVERY:
Printed Books from Fifteenth-Century Europe
An Exhibition at Bridwell Library, February 1 – May 3, 2010
21. JOHANN HEROLT (d. 1468). Sermones Discipuli de tempore et de sanctis cum promptuario exemplorum. [Reutlingen: Michael Greyff, c. 1479-1482].
Johannes Richenbach (d. 1486), who
conspicuously signed and dated many of his bindings from 1467 to 1486, is
one of the few fifteenth-century bookbinders identified by name. A parish
chaplain at Geislingen near Ulm, Richenbach was the first binder known to
decorate his bindings using metal rolls bearing incised patterns that
created repeating friezes. On Bridwell Library’s unsigned pigskin binding,
Richenbach’s rolls consist of floral motifs, hunters and birds, and running
dragons, and his stamping tools include a circular eagle and large rosette,
a lozenge-shaped Head of Christ, and a fleur-de-lis. Other characteristic
features of Richenbach’s style are the title “Discipulus” that he
stamped and painted in large letters across the top of the front cover, and
his unusual habit of adding red and brown pigment to certain blind-tooled
emblems. One of at least sixty Richenbach bindings that survive, Bridwell
Library’s was the last example recorded in private hands before it was
purchased in 2002.
may not be published without the permission of Bridwell Library.