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Opera Hrosvita, illustris virginis et moialis....nuper a Conrado Celte inventa (Nuremberg, 1501), is the first edition of the "comedies" and other writings of Hroswitha of Gandersheim, who was a Benedictine nun in Lower Saxony born sometime between 912 and 940. Her work enjoys the distinction of being the first collection of modern or non-classical dramas to appear in print. Her manuscript was discovered and later edited for this first edition by the great German humanist Conrad Celtes. The book features 8 full page woodcuts, including two by Albrecht Durer. The one seen here represents Celtes presenting his book to the elector Frederick the Wise of Saxony.