MARTIN OF TROPPAU (Martin of Opava, Martinus Polonus, d.1278). La Cronique martiniane de tous les papes qui furent jamais et finist jusques au pape alexandre derrenier. Paris: Antoine Vérard, n.d. [c.1503/1507].
2 volumes in one, 2º (371 x 260mm). 188 leaves. Printed in lettres bâtardes, in double columns. Each title with a large woodcut grotesque initial, publisher’s woodcut device in colophon, woodcut initials throughout, 3- and 4-line initial spaces with and without guides. (Light browning in top margin of title due to deletion of contemporary manuscript text, small paper flaw in margin of vol. II A1.) Red morocco by Duru, stamped and dated 1851, covers with gilt triple fillet, spine gilt in compartments and lettered directly, edges marbled and gilt, gilt turn-ins (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: deleted title inscription – J. Coppinger (his name in gilt on front turn-in) – [Solar] – Chedeau – J. Renard (bookplate) – Charles Fairfax Murray (label, Davies cat. 362) – Sylvain Braunschwig (morocco label).
FIRST AND ONLY FRENCH EDITION, TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN BY THE NOTED FRENCH AUTHOR SEBASTIEN DE MAMEROT, DECORATED WITH GROTESQUE WOODCUT CADELS AND INITIALS. AN EXCEPTIONAL COPY OF A VERY RARE POST-INCUNABLE SHOWING THE GENIUS OF ANTOINE VERARD AS PRINTER, EDITOR, PUBLISHER AND BUSINESSMAN. THE COPPINGER–SOLAR–CHEDEAU–J. RENARD–FAIRFAX MURRAY– BRUNSCHWIG COPY.
Written probably in the 1260s with the encouragement of Pope Clement IV, Martin of Troppau's Chronicon Pontificum et Imperatorum surveys the history of the papacy up to the death of John XXI in 1277. Martin, a Dominican friar born in Troppau, now Opava, Czech Republic, intended his text to continue Petrus Comestor’s Historia Scholastica, and compiled it from various ancient sources including Orosius, Geoffrey of Viterbo and Vincent of Beauvais. Sebastien de Mamerot’s translation, commissioned by Louis de Laval, is based on the version of the text continued by Echard Verneron/Ververon, canon of Liège. The work was tremendously popular and was translated into many languages, including even Persian. The present edition was extended by Vérard to include two further papacies, concluding with the murder of Richard II in 1399.
Brunet III, 1504 and Suppl. I-977 (this copy; ‘il est parfaitement beau’); Davies, Fairfax Murray French, 362 (this copy); Macfarlane Vérard no. 158; Moreau I, 246 no. 143; USTC no. 7967; Pierre Champion, Cronique Martiniane, édition critique d'une interpolation originale pour le règne de Charles VII restituée à Jean le Clerc. Paris, Honoré Champion, 1907 (Bibliothèque de XVe siècle, II).