20 November 2002
WIMPHELING, Jacobus (1450-1528). Agatharchia vel Epitoma conditionum boni principis. Strassburg: Martin Schott, 21 November 1498.
Chancery 4° (180 x 120mm). Collation: a b6 (a1r title and armorial woodcut as in Philippica , a1v blank, a2r text, b10v colphon and printer's device). 12 leaves. 34 lines. Types: 5:210G (heading), 4:85R (text). (Dampstain on upper margin, a few wormholes.) Modern half vellum with marbled paper boards.
FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT GERMAN PRINCELY COURTESY BOOKS. It was dedicated to the 20-year-old Prince Ludwig, heir of the Elector Philip, and written a few days after Wimpfeling presented his previous work, Philippica to Philip (see lot 204). RARE; no copy has sold at auction in over 25 years. HC 16199; BMC I 96 (IA. 1220); BSB-Ink. W-43; Schreiber 5472; Goff W-21.
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