Various woodcuts in incunabula, notably those in Brant's Narrenschiff (Basel, 1494), have been attributed on stylistic grounds to Dürer's earliest period. The great full-page woodcuts of the Apocalypse, with their apocalyptic power and sublimity, are his first masterworks. The two tall columns of the text make an excellent balance to the cuts, being printed in each case on the verso of a cut, so that each opening shows the text to the left and a cut to the right. Printer Anton Koberger (who also printed the Nuremberg Chronicles), produced two editions of the Apocalypse in the same year, one with Latin text, shown here, and the other with German text. The Lilly copy is one of only a few complete copies of the Latin edition in America.
Dürer, Albrecht, 1471-1528.
Nuremberg : Albrecht Dürer
Poole, George Amos, 1907-1990 former owner.
 p. (p.  blank) : ill. ; 45 cm. (fol.)̊
Lilly Library BS2822 1498 vault