STUMPFF, Johannes (1500-1578). Gemeiner loblicher Eydgnoschafft Stetten/Landen und Völckeren Chronick wirdiger thaaten beschreybung. Zürich: Christoffel Froschauer, 1548.
2° (390 x 238mm). Title printed in red and black. 5 double page maps, 18 maps by Stumpff and Johann Honter in the text, profusely illustrated with woodcut scenes, portraits, coat-of-arms, etc., printer's device on title. (Light marginal soiling in first few leaves of each volume, small wormholes in volume 2, occasional small stains and marginal tears, fo. ccc3 torn without loss.) Contemporary blindstamped calf over bevelled wooden boards, panelled with concentric saints', palm, and other rolls, upper covers of each volume titled in gilt and with "T V D" in compartment below, plain edges (a little worn, clasps missing).Provenance: Johannes Jacobus Brottwolff (early title inscription) -- Jo. Paulus Reinhardus (17th-century title inscription) -- Dietrich Kleber, Schörmbach Hoffmaister (18th-century ownership inscription).
FIRST EDITION of Stumpff's history of Switzerland, which remained the chief authority on its subject until Scheuchzer's survey of Switzerland two centuries later. Historian and one of the most important personalities of the Swiss Revolution, Stumpff began his research in the 1540s, journeying throughout the country. After its first publication in 1548, the chronicle was enlarged in editions of 1586 and 1606, but the woodcuts are at their finest in this, the first edition. The Chronik is divided into 13 books, and it contains 13 new woodcut maps by Stumpff (5 double-page, 8 full-page) which were copied by several later mapmakers for regional atlases of Switzerland. The 10 smaller Honter maps first appeared two years earlier in his Rudimenta cosmographica. VD-16 S-9864; Nordenskiöld Collection 239. (2)