SCHARD, Simon (1535-1573). Germanicarum rerum Quatuor celebriores vetustioresque chronographi. Frankfurt/Main: Georg Rab, Sigmund Feyerabend and the heirs of Weigand Han, 1566. [Bound with:] BURCHARD von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura, and Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II. Basel: Peter Perna, 1569.
SCHARD, Simon (1535-1573). Germanicarum rerum Quatuor celebriores vetustioresque chronographi. Frankfurt/Main: Georg Rab, Sigmund Feyerabend and the heirs of Weigand Han, 1566. [Bound with:] BURCHARD von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura, and Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II. Basel: Peter Perna, 1569.
SCHARD, Simon (1535-1573). Germanicarum rerum Quatuor celebriores vetustioresque chronographi. Frankfurt/Main: Georg Rab, Sigmund Feyerabend and the heirs of Weigand Han, 1566. [Bound with:] BURCHARD von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura, and Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II. Basel: Peter Perna, 1569.
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SCHARD, Simon (1535-1573). Germanicarum rerum Quatuor celebriores vetustioresque chronographi. Frankfurt/Main: Georg Rab, Sigmund Feyerabend and the heirs of Weigand Han, 1566. [Bound with:] BURCHARD von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura, and Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II. Basel: Peter Perna, 1569.

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SCHARD, Simon (1535-1573). Germanicarum rerum Quatuor celebriores vetustioresque chronographi. Frankfurt/Main: Georg Rab, Sigmund Feyerabend and the heirs of Weigand Han, 1566. [Bound with:] BURCHARD von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura, and Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II. Basel: Peter Perna, 1569.

A Sammelband of important medieval chronicles, from the library of Julius, Bishop of Würzburg, with his ownership recorded on the binding and stamped in gilt on the fore-edge.

2 works in one volume, folio (325 x 202mm). Title woodcut in each work, woodcut device in the colophon of the first, woodcut initials in both (the first gathering slightly loose and with some wear in the margins, occasional light spotting, some leaves in the second work lightly yellowed). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin, two fore-edge catches, upper side centred with the arms of Julius Echter stamped in black and with touches of red, fore-edge tinted red and stamped in gilt with abbreviated titles, Julius’s title and the date 1578 (lacking clasps, boards warping slightly near the fore edges, wormhole at the front joint). Provenance: Julius Echter von Mespelbrunn (1545-1617, Bishop of Würzburg; binding, inscription on the first title dated 1574).

Julius, Prince-Bishop of Würzburg, was a decisive Counter-Reformation leader and an important figure in the Catholic League, who re-opened the university at Würzburg, and founded the Julius Hospital. His arms were added to the front board of the contemporary binding and, much more unusually, his ownership is also stamped in gilt on the fore edge. Schard’s compilation includes a life of Charlemagne, and Sigebert de Gembloux’s major work. Peter Perna’s edition of the Chronicon is probably the fifth edition of the best world chronicle of the Middle Ages. It was begun by Ekkehard of Aura, a German historian who lived in the Benedictine monasteries of Bamberg and Corvey and was later appointed abbot of Aura. The chronicle was continued from 1126 to 1226 by Burchard von Ursperg and from 1226 to 1229 by Conrad of Lichtenau, and was brought up to 1538 by Caspar Hedio. Adams G-488, C-2520; VD16 S-2277, B-9803.
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