• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    GRYNAEUS, Simon (1493-1541) and Johann HUTTICH (ca 1480-1544), compilers. Die New Welt, der landschaften unnd Insulen... iungst... von den Portugalesern und Hispaniern im Nidergenglichen Meer herfunden. Translated and edited by Michael Herr. Strassburg: Georg Ulricher, 1534.

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    GRYNAEUS, Simon (1493-1541) and Johann HUTTICH (ca 1480-1544), compilers. Die New Welt, der landschaften unnd Insulen... iungst... von den Portugalesern und Hispaniern im Nidergenglichen Meer herfunden. Translated and edited by Michael Herr. Strassburg: Georg Ulricher, 1534.

    2o (293 x 200 mm). Double columns. Partly xylographic title, dedication with woodcut dedicatee's arms, decorative woodcut initials, printer's device on title and at end. Contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, one clasp preserved (other lacking, some rubbing).
    FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN, containing voyages of Cadamosto, the three voyages of Columbus, Nino, Pinzon, Vespucci, Cabral, and others. "A German translation by Michael Herr; it is less known and much rarer than the original. The version is somewhat broad, and is distinguished by a certain originality in expression. Although it has no map, it has, on the other hand, the merit of being augmented in the text. It contains a full translation of Peter Martyr's Decades, folios 174-229, and also his three books De Legatione Babylonica, folios 235-248, both wanting in all the different Latin editions. Besides, it contains all the pieces of the first Latin edition of 1532, except Munster's Introductio in tabulam geograph, to which the map belongs, and would, therefore, have been superfluous in this edition. The preface by Grynaeus is omitted..." (Sabin). The name of the printer on the title and the colophon has been crossed out, perhaps by a contemporary bookseller. Finely printed at a very uncommon and shortlived press (see Benzing, p. 415). Alden & Landis 534/20; BMC/STC German p. 713; Borba de Moraes I, 377; JBC I, p. 113; Sabin 34106.


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