visit Works by Georg Bartish Works by Georg Bartish [Image] Ophtalmodouleia Georg Bartisch (c. 1535 - 1606) Folio-leaf: 295 x 195 mm. Leaves: (28), 274, (8). Title printed in red and black within a fine woodcut border with the arms of Saxony and Dresden and that of Georg Bartisch (a cock), dedication to the Elector of Saxony with his arms, arms of the City of Dresden, portrait of Bartisch at the age of 43, and 88 full-page woodcuts, two of which show the brain and the eye with overlay flaps; at the end the device of Matthias Stvckel. The woodcuts, incl. title-border, arms, portrait, are all coloured by hand. Probably bound by Jacob Krause in Dresden in full brown calf, gilt, with large arabesque corner pieces and oval centre-piece, gilt gauffered edges. Engraved book-plate in folio size by Aegidius Sadeler: Peter Vok Orsini of Rosen berg (1539 - 1611). A magnificent copy of one of the most fascinating woodcut books of the sixteenth century with all the remarkable full-page woodcuts delicately and brightly coloured by hand. For good reason it may be assumed to be a presentation copy for the wealthiest and most powerful nobleman in Bohemia, Peter Vok of Rosen berg, noted for his love of splendour and the proprietor of one of the most famous libraries ever formed north of the Alps. His book-plate, here in its folio version (one of the largest we know of), adorns the entire inside front cover. Bartisch's Augendienst, printed at his own expense, is dedicated to Augustus I of Saxony (1526 - 1586), who employed Bartisch as court oculist. The Elector's own copy is still preserved in the State Library of Dresden. Like Peter Vok's copy its woodcuts are all coloured and it is bound by Jacob Krause, the greatest German bookbinder of the Renaissance, who from 1566 to 1585 made a great number of gilt or blind-tooled bindings for the Elector, but also a few to foreign rulers. It may have come quite naturally even to Peter Vok to order or to be presented with an equally extravagant copy of such a splendid book as that of Bartisch's Augendienst. The binding in its oriental style and gilt and gauffered edges corresponds to those Krause and his school in Dresden made for the Elector of Saxony.