Augsburg: Johann Ulrich Krauss, 1705. Later edition. Hardcover. Folio. Unpaginated. , 22 leaves (plates), , 23-44 leaves (plates), 45-76 leaves of plates (i.e. there are two plates numbered 60), , 77-112 leaves (plates), , 113-135 leaves (plates). Original blind-stamped pigskin binding, with decorative metal clasps. All edges red. Handwritten title on spine. Raised bands. Beveled edges. Marbled endpapers. Work in five parts, each with an engraved title-page and an architectural frontispiece.
Originally published in 1700, Johann Ulrich Krauss' masterpiece is profusely illustrated with 136 striking copper engravings numbered 1-135 (2 plates bearing No.60). Each plate depicts two biblical scenes with engraved captions.
Moderate rubbing and darkening to binding. Handwritten title partly faded on spine. Minor and sporadic smudges at lower margin of pages (not affecting images). A 2" closed tear at lower margin of plates 4 and 5. Text in German, gothic script. Binding in overall good, interior in good to very good condition. g to vg. Item #39755
About the author: Johann Ulrich Krauss (1655-1719) was an early German illustrator, engraver and publisher in Augsburg. He was a student of Melchior Küsel (1626- ca.1683), who was in turn a student of Matthäus Merian the Elder. Krauss became a partner in the Augsburg publishing company of Melchior Küsel, whose daughter Johanna Sibylla he married in 1685. Krauss became one of the most successful and respected illustraters of his generation in Augsburg (from Wikipedia).