Johannes Zainer, 'Von Den Fröschen' (The Frogs Desiring a King)

Johannes Zainer, 'Von Den Fröschen' (The Frogs Desiring a King)

Johannes Zainer
'Von Den Fröschen' (The Frogs Desiring a King)
1479
Wood-cut illustration from 'Vita Aesopi fabulatoris'
Published by Anton Sorg in Augsburg
National Art Library Pressmark: 86.B.2

Publisher Anton Sorg copied these woodcut illustrations from an earlier fable book published in Ulm by Johann Zainer in 1476. Anton Sorg was a major printer in Augsburg at that time. 

Zainer's book was one of the earliest printed illustrated Aesops. He paid block-cutters to make the woodcuts. The illustrations were so successful that other printers like Sorg copied them. Copies were made either by cutting new woodblocks, as in Sorg's book, or by pasting a printed image onto a new woodblock and cutting around the lines - this would make the copy a mirror-image of the original.