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Published in Imagery and Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey Chipps Smith, edited by Catharine Ingersoll, Alisa McCusker, & Jessica Weiss (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers n.v., 2018), pp. 149-161.


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This essay makes known two unpublished documents from the last years of the life of Sebald Beham (1500 Nuremberg–1550 Frankfurt) and uses them as a means to explore Beham’s relationship to printing, the town of Frankfurt, and the Augsburg printer Niclas vom Sand, who remains an unwritten part of the history of the period. The essay is organized as an autobiographical retrospective by an older man forced in prior decades to move from Nuremberg and seek employment and a new life elsewhere. The end of the essay evaluates the documents and aspects of them.