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Lot nr:948
Book nr:32982
Author:HERODOTOS
Title:Herodoti Halicarnassei Historiographi Libri Novem ...
Town:Coloniae
Publisher:apud Eucharium Cervicornum, aere & impensa M. God. Hittorpij
Year:1526
Description:In-folio (30,7 x 20,3 cm), [28]- 274 pp, fine woodcut engraved border representing in 13 compartments the Twelve Labours of Heracles, engraved by Anton WOENSAM von Worms (+ 1541). Woodcut border around the first page (signed E.C.). Nice large historiated woodcut initials by Albrecht DÜRER (so called Kinderalphabet), opening all nine chapters.
Bound with: THUCYDIDES - De bello Peloponnesiaco libri octo. [Paris], Iodoco Badio Ascensio & Ioanni Parvo, (1528, Sept.). [8]-96 ff. Title within nice woodcut architectural border, with a central woodcut of the printing press (Dürer). The pressman pulls the bar that makes the press descend, an assistant behind him on the left rubs two inkballs together, and the compositor on the right sits at the type frame. The woodcut border by Oronce Finé is imitated from a Venetian border from 1490 (according to Brun). Criblé initials.
Contemporary calf binding, rich blind-tooling, rubbed, spine renewed. Blue upper and lower edges, outer edge with manuscript title on the middle with coat-of-arms in brown ink over and under.
Note:1) Complete Latin trsl. of the work of Herodotus (485-425 B.C.), the "Father of History", in 9 books named after the Muses. The unfinished trsl. by Valla was completed by Konrad Heresbach (1496-1576), pupil of Murmellius and tutor of William of Cleves (1st ed. Cologne 1526). Not in Adams; Graesse III, 256; Butsch 182-84; Schweiger I, 140.
2) Latin trsl. of the contemp. history of the greatest Greek historian Thucydides (460-400 B.C.). Heresbach's version was 1st published Cologne 1527. Not in Adams; Graesse VII, 151.
Provenance: Bibliotheca del Excmo. Señor Marques de Astorga (label pasted on f. Aa2), small stamps on title pages
Price:€1200 - €1800
Sellingprice:€1500
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