Berlin Sketchbook (Libr.Pict.A.83)
|Libr.Pict.A83, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin|
|Language(s)||Early New High German|
|Illustrated by||Albrecht Dürer's workshop (?)|
|Material||Paper, with a half-leather cover|
|Format||Double-sided; two illustrations |
per side, with scattered text
|External data||Library catalog entry|
|Images||Digital scans (750x1100)|
The Berlin Sketchbook (Libr. pict. A 83) is a German manuscript thought to have been created in the workshop of Albrecht Dürer as preparation for his fencing manual of 1512 (MS 26-232). The original currently rests in the holdings of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany. This manuscript was a sketchbook, not a true fencing manual, and its focus is on accurately depicting the fighters rather than on explicating their techniques. It seems to be connected in some way to the Nuremberg manuscript group, and also incorporates the dagger content from Hans Talhoffer's 1443 manuscript and sword and buckler devices of unknown origin.
The known provenance of the Libr. pict. A 83 is:
- 1845-present – Held by the Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz (purchased Berlin, Asher, 1845)
|1r - 6v|| |
|7r - 32v||Long sword illustrations from the Nuremberg tradition|
|33r - 36r||Illustrations of sword and buckler|
|36v - 65v||Dagger illustrations from the Nuremberg tradition and Hans Talhoffer|
- Hils, Hans-Peter. Meister Johann Liechtenauers Kunst des langen Schwertes. Peter Lang, 1985. pp 43-44.
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|Images||Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin||Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz|
|Translation||Jens P. Kleinau||The fencing and life of Hans Talhoffer|
|Transcription||Dierk Hagedorn||Index:Berlin Sketchbook (Libr.Pict.A.83)|