Jan, z Fulsztyna. Chronica,
sive Historiae Polonicae...descriptio. Basileae: Ex officina Oporiniana, 1571.
4to (19.2 cm, 7.5"). α6 a–z4 A–Z4
Aa–Cc4; ff., 368 pp.,  [1 (blank)] ff.
Based on Martin Kromer’s De origine et rebus gestis
Polonorum, this chronicle covers the history of Poland from the earliest
times to 1548. This is its first edition, and was followed by Latin editions
of 1573, 1609, and 1658, as well as a French translation (Paris, 1573). A
striking woodcut portrait of King Sigismund II August of Poland (in great
fur cape and hat) appears on the verso of the title-leaf.
Jan Herburt z Fulsztyna (1508–76) was a lawyer who also published a
digest of the statutes of the kingdom of Poland.
Spencer, Third Earl of Sunderland, lot 6065 in the Sunderland Library sale
Adams H309. Old calf rebacked by a library with heavy brown
cloth; covers ruled in blind, much rubbed, with some loss of leather on edges.
Spine with paper shelf label; charge pocket on rear pastedown; pressure-stamps,
including one on title-page. Title-page lightly soiled, traces of soiling on
top edges of other pages, a few spots of marginal inkstaining, some page corners
chipped off. All edges speckled red. Solid
for use, well worth having, and priced recognizing its faults.
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