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In “Das buch der Natürlichen weißheit” from 1490, as incunable being kept in the . In the catalogue it is described as “Hienach volgent guote nuczliche ler vnd vnderweysung genommen vnd gezogen auß den parabolen vnd beisprüchen Salomonis … Darinnen ein mensch vnderrichtt wirt wie er sich in erberkeit vnd gvoten siten auch natürlicher weißheit gegen got vnd den menschen halten sol. [Enth.:] Albertanus <Brixiensis>: De doctrina dicendi et tacendi <dt.>; Liber consolationis et consilii <dt.> Kurzfassung; De amore dei et proximi <dt.>”. The author is, according to the catalogue, Bonjohannes <de Messina>. It was issued in Augsburg by Anton Sorg in 1490. [1]
While looking up I discovered that this work has a more complex context. “The Book of Wisdom, often referred to simply as Wisdom or the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon, is one of the books of the Bible that is considered deuterocanonical by some churches such as the Roman Catholic Church and non-canonical or apocryphal by others such as the Protestant Churches. It is one of the seven Sapiential or wisdom books of bound with the Septuagint, along with Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (Song of Songs), and Sirach. (…) Scholars believe that the book represents the most literary post-classical Greek language found in the Septuagint, having been written during the Jewish Hellenistic period (the 2nd or 1st century BC). The author of the text appears well versed in the popular philosophical, religious, and ethical writings adopted by Hellenistic Alexandria.” [2] The name Ulrich von Pottenstein (ca. 1380–ca. 1417) that is sometimes associated with this book, has translated the so-called Cyrillus fables into German. [3]

Pottenstein 1490_

On f. 8v a woodcut has been placed illustrating a fable. In a cellar a mouse (black as a cat) and a snail are opposing each other. The text refers to the slowness of the snail.
As it is a woodcut, the illustration is coarsely stylised but the shell is dextral and the animal humanised with an eye-spot and eye-lid; only two tentacles  have been sketched.

Pottenstein 1490_d

Notes:
[1] BSB Inc. 2397, 137 ff. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00025657-4.
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Wisdom.
[3] http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrich_von_Pottenstein.

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