COLUMNA, Guido de (beginning of 13th century - after 1287). Historia destructionis Troiae, in German: Hystori wie Troya erstört ward. Translated from Latin into German by Hans Mair. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 12 June 1482.
Chancery 2° (232 x 157mm). Collation: [1-1510 166 178]. 143 (of 164) leaves; the first leaf from another edition (40 lines, double column, type 96G). 35 lines. Type: 2:118G. 90 (of 108) woodcuts, including repeats, lightly coloured by a contemporary hand in green, yellow, pink, purple and ochre, outline initials. (3 leaves defective, about 30 leaves with repaired tears, 5 with slight loss, 17 leaves towards end with outer margin renewed, stained, soiled.) Green morocco by Douglas Cockerell, signed and dated 1904, red edges (stains at spine). Provenance: Jos. Joh. Oberhueber (armorial bookplate); C.W. Dyson Perrins (bookplate, notes dated 1904, sale Sotheby's, 10 March 1947, lot 602, £30 to Foyle).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS RECENSION, AND ONE OF ONLY SIX SURVIVING COPIES. All but one of the copies recorded in the Gesamtkatalog is imperfect, no doubt testament to the popularity of a well-illustrated edition in the vernacular of an entertaining and exciting tale. The woodcuts are those designed for the first edition in German, printed by Bämler in 1474. This recension combines sections of an abbreviated version with the full text. The obvious redundancies are explained to the reader, 'das du alles vornen klärer findest'. Owing to its rarity, it has not been possible to compare it with other copies to determine which leaves are lacking; the majority, as expected, appear to be from the beginning and end. H 5516; GW 7237; Schramm IV, p.25; Schreiber 4135.