16 July 2014
FORESTI BERGOMENSIS, Jacobus Philippus (1434-1520). Novissime hystoria omnium repercussiones: que Supplementum supplementi Cronicarum nuncupantur. Venice, per Albertinum [Vercellensem] de Lissona, 1503.
2° (288 x 209mm). Title with woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee, Antonio Pallavicino, 95 woodcuts including 47 repetitions, full-page illustrations of the creation of Eve, the expulsion from Eden, the death of Abel and the Tower of Abel, the other illustrations consisting of city views in several sizes, opening page of Book One with elaborate woodcut border and with 11-line capital partially hand-coloured, geographical diagram on a7, initial spaces with guide letters. (Lacking final blank, variable light browning.) 20th-century blind-stamped pigskin, speckled edges (extremities lightly rubbed).
The first 16th-century edition of Foresti's Chronicles, and the fifth illustrated edition to be printed in Italy. 'Most of the small blocks used here by Albertino, the Tower of Babel, and the large views except for Milan are in the 1490 edition. THE LARGE VIEW OF MILAN IS NEW ... LIPMANN BELIEVES THE VIEW OF ROME TO BE THE OLDEST KNOWN ... The invention of printing is recorded by Foresti under the year 1458 with a note that some believe the inventor to be Gutenberg, others Johann Fust or Nicolas Jenson. New to this edition is an account of the discovery of America under the year 1493' (Mortimer). Adams F-748; Brunet I, 787; Mortimer, Italian Books I, 195; Sander 920.
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