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Woodcuts used as book covers

Woodcut book cover. The design for the upper board, printed to the right, consists of an escutcheon set in the centre of a circular band surrounded by four naked putti holding cornucopia and lilies and occupying an oblong panel, set against a woven trellised background. Between the two putti at the top is a small plaque, surmounted by a flowering plant and bearing the monogram Z. A.. Single-lined frame. The second woodcut, that for the lower board, to the left, has an escutcheon set in the centre of a circular band surrounded by two naked putti above, fighting each other with toys, and two sphinxes seated below, and occupying an oblong panel, set against a woven trellised background. Single-lined frame. Two vertical chequered strips in the centre of the sheet are designed as ornament for the spine of a book. Evidently intended as an outer paper cover to be pasted to the binding of a volume in 4o.  [opens new window]

XYL-3 Andrea, Zoan: Ornamental design with naked putti and sphinxes
[Italy (Venice), c.1530]. Woodcut book cover with monogram.

Two woodcuts printed side by side to be used as a book cover, and evidently intended as an outer paper cover to be pasted to the binding of a volume. Two vertical chequered strips in the centre of the sheet are designed as ornament for the spine of a book.

Shelfmark: Broxb. 95.34.