Der Weisskunig

Maximilian I (22 March 1459 – 12 January 1519) was King of the Romans from 1486 and Holy Roman Emperor from 1493 until his death.  He and his father Frederick III, were part of what was to become a long line of Holy Roman Emperors from the House of Habsburg. During his lifetime, Maximilian commissioned several great works to commemorate his successes and secure his legacy.  To this end, he is quoted as saying “The money I spend for the perpetuation of my memory is not lost.”

Der Weisskunig or The White King is a chivalric novel and thinly disguised biography of Maximilian I.  It was written in German by Maximilian and his secretary between 1505 and 1516. Although not explicitly identified as such in the book, Maximilian appears as the "young" White King, with his father Frederick III represented as the "old" White King.  The text recounts their dealings with contemporary characters whose identities are disguised but easily decipherable.  These include the Blue King (the King of France), the Green King (the King of Hungary) and the King of Fish (representing Venice).  Maximilian is depicted as a virtuous ruler favored by God.  The book is now mainly remembered for the 251 woodcut illustrations, made in Augsburg between 1514 and 1516, the principal artists for which were Hans Burgkmair and Leonhard Beck.  Only a few proofs were completed between 1514–16 and the full work remained unpublished.  It was not until the blocks were rediscovered in 1775 that they were first published as a complete book in Vienna.

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Der Weisskunig : Block 11.  The ceremonies of the church finished, the Pope reconducts Frederic III and Eleanore his wife of the dome of St. Peter. Their majesty is preceded by the young Ladislas, king of Bohemia and Hungary, who carries a torch of white wax, to show that kings must be enlightened by the light of justice, truth, and honor. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 11. The ceremonies of the church finished, the Pope reconducts Frederic III and Eleanore his wife of the dome of St. Peter. Their majesty is preceded by the young Ladislas, king of Bohemia and Hungary, who carries a torch of white wax, to show that kings must be enlightened by the light of justice, truth, and honor.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48392
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 20.  To deserve the title of chief of a great empire, Maximilian applies himself to the knowledge of the characters of men, and of the relations between their different states. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 20. To deserve the title of chief of a great empire, Maximilian applies himself to the knowledge of the characters of men, and of the relations between their different states.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48393
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 30.  Maximilian is ingenious in arranging splendid festivals, great tables, and beautiful masquerades. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 30. Maximilian is ingenious in arranging splendid festivals, great tables, and beautiful masquerades.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48394
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 51.  The pope and the king of Spain made peace with the Venitians, and separated themselves first from the alliance with Maximillian and Louis XII of France. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 51. The pope and the king of Spain made peace with the Venitians, and separated themselves first from the alliance with Maximillian and Louis XII of France.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48396
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 59.  Maximilian learned the Italian language from some cavalry soldiers in his army. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 59. Maximilian learned the Italian language from some cavalry soldiers in his army.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48397
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 70.  Maximilian destroyed the faction of the Dutch rebels, named Kenemers. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 70. Maximilian destroyed the faction of the Dutch rebels, named Kenemers.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48399
Price: $285.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 87.  The states of Flanders, against the will of Maximilian, gave up his son Philip, aged five, to the guardians appointed by themselves under the superintendence of Adolphe de Cleves-Ravestein. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 87. The states of Flanders, against the will of Maximilian, gave up his son Philip, aged five, to the guardians appointed by themselves under the superintendence of Adolphe de Cleves-Ravestein.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48401
Price: $225.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 115.  Memorable battle of St. Aubin between the English and the French. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 115. Memorable battle of St. Aubin between the English and the French.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48403
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 136.  Maximilian, too weak to beat the combined army of the Flemish and the French near Oudenarde, forced them, nevertheless to convert the siege into a blockade. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 136. Maximilian, too weak to beat the combined army of the Flemish and the French near Oudenarde, forced them, nevertheless to convert the siege into a blockade.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48405
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 139.  Unknown subject. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 139. Unknown subject.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48406
Price: $250.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 159.  Unknown subject. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 159. Unknown subject.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48407
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 161.  The king of France Louis XI. supported the Flemish confederacy, which was opposed to Maximilian having the tutelage of his children. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 161. The king of France Louis XI. supported the Flemish confederacy, which was opposed to Maximilian having the tutelage of his children.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48408
Price: $250.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 170.  The Duke of Clèves defeated the rebel Flemish in two consecutive battles. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 170. The Duke of Clèves defeated the rebel Flemish in two consecutive battles.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48409
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 173.  The rebel Flemish were defeated near Cochsea by the Imperial troops. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 173. The rebel Flemish were defeated near Cochsea by the Imperial troops.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48410
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 178.  Arrival of Maximilian at Ghent; he is received with great solemnity by all the clergy who go in front of him in procession. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 178. Arrival of Maximilian at Ghent; he is received with great solemnity by all the clergy who go in front of him in procession.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48411
Price: $250.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 196.  The Venetians uselessly besieged Gradisca. The royal garrison of sixteen hundred men makes several successful sorties, kills many of the enemies, and forced them to lift the siege. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 196. The Venetians uselessly besieged Gradisca. The royal garrison of sixteen hundred men makes several successful sorties, kills many of the enemies, and forced them to lift the siege.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48412
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig : Block 200.  Eric, Duke of Brunswick, defeats the Venetians at Frioul. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473 - 1531)

Block 200. Eric, Duke of Brunswick, defeats the Venetians at Frioul.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of Block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Description: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Stock Number: 48413
Price: $275.00