EUSEBIUS Caesariensis (ca. 260-ca. 340). Chronicon. Translated from Greek into Latin by St. Jerome, with continuations by Prosper Aquitanus (to 448), Matthaeus Palmerius Florentinus (to 1448), and Matthaeus Palmerius Pisanus (to 1481). Edited by Johannes Lucilius Santritter. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 13 September 1483.
Median 4o (230 x 168 mm). Collation: s12 a-v8 x10 ( blank, r table, 2r 6-line address to the reader, 2v-a1 blank, a2r text, x9v verses to the reader, colophon, x10 blank). 182 leaves. 34 and 42 lines, those pages with 42 lines in double column. Printed in red and black. White-on-black initials in four sizes. Type: 6:76G, 8:91R. Early manuscript foliation in brown ink. (Some spotting, small wormholes in first and final quires.)
Binding: contemporary pigskin over wooden boards bevelled at inner edge, very probably at Ingolstadt by the "Kopfstempel-Meister" (Kyriss shop 154), identified as Johannes Ewring (L. Buzas, Geschichte der Universitätsbibliothek München, p. 29), sides tooled to a saltire design, compartments filled with Kopfstempel and rosettes linked with wavy fillets, single brass fore-edge clasp, old paper spine labels, edges stained yellow, vellum manuscript quire guards, original double thread page-marker preserved (slightly darkened, rubbed, and wormed).
Provenance: Johannes Stadler: contemporary inscription, r -- a few marginal annotations -- Otto Schäfer: bookplate removed from front pastedown, monogram stamp on rear pastedown; sale Sotheby's New York, 4 December 1996, lot 239.
SECOND EDITION, the first with the continuation to 1481 by Matteo Palmieri of Pisa. Among the recent notable events included in Palmieri's continuation of Eusebius's chronological history are the invention of printing by Gutenberg (1457) and the life of Regiomontanus (both events are highlighted by an early reader), many of whose works were printed by Ratdolt.
HC 6717; BMC V, 287 (IA. 20527); GW 9433; Goff E-117.