BURCHARDUS von Ursperg, CONRADUS of Lichtenau, EKKEHARD of Aura & Caspar HEDIO. Chronicum absolutissimum a Nino Assyriorum rege usque ad tempora Friderici II… Paraleipomena rerum memorabilium, a Friderico II. usque ad Carolum V. Augustum. Basel: Petrus Perna, August 1569. 2° (315 x 202mm). Woodcut printer’s device on title. (Title lightly soiled and with small hole, affecting one letter, also of the two following leaves, occasional staining in margins, lightly browned throughout.) Contemporary pig-skin backed boards, boards covered with a manuscript from the Middle Ages and painted green by Balthasar and Bartholomäus Ziehenhaus, Leipzig (Haebler I, 505-508), the pigskin with three plates stamped in blind on each side, initials ‘GT MF’ at top, dated 1584 at foot (rear joints repaired, pigskin a little soiled, rubbed). Provenance: M. Justus Christianus Thorschmidius, Pastor in Magdeburg, 1722 (possibly the author, inscription on title) – manuscript annotations and underlining throughout.
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. The attractive binding was produced in the workshop of Balthasar and his son Bartholomäus Ziehenhaus (or Ziegenaus ) of Leipzig. The bottom plate on the front cover, depicting August, Duke of Saxony (Haebler I, 505, II), is signed ‘B.Z.’, followed by a sign, which according to Haebler indicates the binding originates from their workshop. Haebler lists three more of the plates (pp. 505-6, XI-XIII) on this binding. The two smaller plates are not listed by Haebler. Adams C-2520; Graesse II, 139; VD online 16 B 9803.