The third Wittenberg folio edition of Luther's translation. Woodcut illustrations of the Apocalypse of St. John, from the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder, depict the defeat of the satanic dragon at the conclusion of that visionary work. The Apocalypse was a favored subject of artists. In Luther’s day, speculation about the end of days and a vivid sense of the "porous" nature of the cosmos – its openness to otherworldly powers of good and evil – were commonplace. Luther himself spoke often of the Devil, sometimes mockingly, as a regular player in the drama of his daily life and struggles.
Bible. New Testament. German. Luther. 1522
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ccxv numb. : illustrations ; 30 cm (folio)
original filename:1900200010, 1900200011Colophon: Gedruckt zu wittemberg Melchior vnd Michel Lotther gebruder M.D.XXIIIITitle within ornamental border by Georg Lemberger; the 21 woodcut illustrations (all in the Revelation of St. John) are ascribed to the workshop of Lucas Cranach the elder, perhaps after rough sketches by Cranach himself. Cf. the description in Luther's Werke (Kritische Gesamtausgabe), Die deutsche Bibel, 2. Bd., p., no. *7, & p.203The 3d Wittenberg folio edition of Luther's translation