7 June 2006
BINDING -- WURSTISEN, Christian (1544-1588). Germaniae Historicorum Illustrium. Frankfurt: heirs of Andreas Wechel, 1585.
2 parts in 1 volume, 2° (343 x 203mm). Woodcut publisher's device on title and verso of last leaf. (Light worming in margins of last few gatherings.) Contemporary red morocco gilt with the arms of de Thou [Olivier 216.1], triple filet on sides, spine compartments with de Thou's monogram, one compartment titled in gilt, edges gilt (small repairs at hinges and extremities). Provenance: Jacques-Auguste de Thou (1554-1617; binding) -- later manuscript shelf-mark and note (front endpapers).
First and best edition of this important compilation of historical sources pertaining to Germany and the Alsace, many previously unpublished, for the period 1050 to 1400. BOUND FOR THE GREAT BIBLIOPHILE AND HISTORIAN JACQUES-AUGUSTE DE THOU. Magistrate, politician, diplomat, historian and bibliophile, De Thou assembled the best book collection of his age (Olivier). In 1593 he was named 'grand maître' of the Bibliothèque royale (for which he acquired all of Catherine de Medici's manuscripts), and in 1595 president of the Parlement de Paris. The book was probably bound before 1587 when De Thou married and adopted a supralibros combining his arms with his wife's. Adams G-494; BL STC German 928.
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