Der Weisskunig (The White King)

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The Triumph of Maximilian I and The White King

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  Only a few proofs were completed between 1514–16 and the full work remained unpublished.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.

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 41.  He learns the equestrian arts, the science of the squire, and invents all kinds of bites for the horses. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 41. He learns the equestrian arts, the science of the squire, and invents all kinds of bites for the horses.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48395
Price: $250.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 67.  Battle of Stockach against the Swiss. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 67. Battle of Stockach against the Swiss.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48398
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 76.  Maximilian attacked Overmeere, a fortified village between Ghent and Dendermonde, chased the enemy, and took from them twelve thousand pieces of cattle. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 76. Maximilian attacked Overmeere, a fortified village between Ghent and Dendermonde, chased the enemy, and took from them twelve thousand pieces of cattle.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48400
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 91.  Maximilian carried out an assault on the fort raised by the Flemish at Clopperdyck on the Scheldt near Saftinghen, and hanged all those who had not died on the spot. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 91. Maximilian carried out an assault on the fort raised by the Flemish at Clopperdyck on the Scheldt near Saftinghen, and hanged all those who had not died on the spot.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48402
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 125.  Battle of Roschach, against the Swiss. at Davidson Galleries

Hans Burgkmair German (1473-1531)

Block 125. Battle of Roschach, against the Swiss.

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
After: Original text written and edited by Marcus Teitzsaurwein
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. This impression: 1775
Publisher: Hoffstätter, Vienna
Size: 8-1/2 x 7-1/2 inches
Stock Number: 48404
Price: $275.00

Der Weisskunig (The White King) : Block 202.  Unknown subject at Davidson Galleries

Leonhard Beck German (1480-1542)

Block 202. Unknown subject

Series: Der Weisskunig (The White King)
Medium: Woodcut
Year: Date of block: 1514-1516. Date of 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: 48414
Price: $275.00