Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493. . Folio, 19 x 13 1/4 inches, on laid paper, no watermark discernible The hand-coloring is almost certainly NOT contemporary to the piece, but rather, late 19th century to early 20th centuryÑa period when many incunables were cut up, colored, and sold as single leaves.It should be pointed out that the printers of this monumental work had a limited number of woodblocks that they could lock into the press and therefore many cities will appear to be exactly the same, but will be called by many individual names; the same applies to the portraits, the same one being used for many different personalities. In the present case those supposedly depicted are:Hermes Trismegistus Òthrice-greatest HermesÓ (Latin: Mercurius ter Maximus) is the purported author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism.Apuleius (also called Lucius Apuleius Madaurensis; ca. 124Ðca. 170 BC) was a Latin language prose writer. He was a Numidian Berber and lived under the Roman Empire. He was from Madaurus (now M'Daourouch, Algeria).Plotinus was a major philosopher of the ancient world. In his philosophy there are three principles: the One, the Intellect, and the Soul. His teacher was Ammonius Saccas and he is of the Platonic tradition. Much of the biographical information about Plotinus comes from Porphyry's preface to his edition of Plotinus' Enneads. His metaphysical writings have inspired centuries of Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Gnostic metaphysicians and mystics.Diogenes of Sinope was a Greek philosopher and one of the founders of Cynic philosophy.Philip of Macedonia. Father of Alexander the Great (Inventory #: 2548)
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