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Friedrich Riederer (c. 1450–1508).
Spiegel der waren Rhetoric.
Freiburg im Breisgau: Friedrich Riederer,
11 December 1493.

On his return trip to Nuremberg from Basel, Dürer traveled to Freiburg im Breisgau, where he provided the design for this striking title page woodcut. The image consists of two woodblocks: one for the lady holding the printer’s armorial device, which reappears at the end of the book, and another that includes the title of the book carved in fine calligraphy flanked by two angels.

An inscription in the book, dated 1622, indicates that this copy was owned by the rebuilt Carthusian monastery at Ittingen, Switzerland, which had been destroyed in 1524 by followers of the Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli.