The Splendid Foundation of the Old White King, from Der Weisskunig
Hans Burgkmair German
Engraver Jost de Negker Netherlandish
Author Marx Treitz-Sauerwein von Ehrentreitz
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Der Weisskunig (the white king) is a loosely biographical account of the life of Emperor Maximilian I. The text, composed by Maximilian's secretary Marx Treitz-Sauerwein, is accompanied by illustrations by Burgkmair, Leonhard Beck, Hans Schäufelein, and Hans Springinklee, with the proofs completed between 1514 and 1516. However, they remained unpublished until the blocks were rediscovered in 1775, at which point they were published as a book by Hoffstätter in Vienna. The first edition was published again in 1799 by S. Edward in London with the French title, "Tableaux des principaux evénemens de la vie et du regne de l'empereur Maximilien I." It includes 236 woodcut illustrations.