9 December 2020
Robertus of Reims (c.1055-1122)
Bellum Christianorum Principum 1533
ROBERTUS of Reims (c.1055-1122). Bellum Christianorum Principum. – COLUMBUS, Christopher Epistola. Basel: Henricus Petrus, 1533.
[Bound second with:]
WIDUKINDUS Corbeiensis (c.925-after 973). [Res gestae Saxonicae:] Rerum ab Henrico et Ottone I Impp. Festarum Libri III. Basel: Johannes Hervagius 1532.
First edition of both works; the second containing first or early editions on the discovery of America, the expulsion of the Moors from Spain, and a history of the Turks, among other texts. It reprints Columbus’s famous letter to Gabriel Sanchez announcing his discovery, in the Latin translation of Leandro di Cosco (first published in 1493); Robertus’ eye-witness account of the First Crusade (first published in 1472); Carolus Verardus’ account of the expulsion of the Moors from Granada in 1492 (first edition here); Baptista Egnatius’ history of the Turks to 1461 (first edition); Pomponius Laetus’ on the origin of the Moors (first edition); and letters by the king of Ethiopia explaining the customs of his land to Pope Clement VII and the king of Portugal. The first work in the volume is the Saxon chronicle by Widukind, 10th-century monk of Corvey. His work was popular and ‘is great value, because it is often the sole authority for the events mentioned’ (Catholic Encylopedia). I: Adams W-215; VD-16 ZV 7827. II: Adams R-612; Church 66; Sabin 72023; VD-16 R2681; not in Göllner, Turcica.
Two works in one volume, folio (305 x 201mm). With blank a4 in second work, printer’s devices on title and final verso of first work, device on final verso of second work, historiated and ornamental initials in both works. Contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards tooled in blind, sides panelled with floral rolls and bouquet stamp, fore-edge clasps, fore-edges lightly striped and with author’s names lettered (lightly rubbed).
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