ORIGINUM FRANCICARUM in quibus praeter Germaniae ac Rheni chorographiam, Francorum origines ac primæ sedes, aliaque ad gentis in Gallias transitum variasque victorias, instituta ac mores pertinentia, ordine deducuntur.
Hardervici (Harderwijk & Amsterdam)
Pr. Thomas Henricus for Henricus Laurencius
1516 printed on Title, actual date 1616
Woodcut on titlepage of Chlodoveus King of the Francs and map of the Rhine border between Gallia and Francia + folding plate of a military device of a kind of siege engine or ram.
Quarto contemporary vellum with yap edge to fore edge, spine with two ink titles (slightly rubbed & marked). Titlepage +pp Preface +pp Contents etc +3pp laudatory poem by Petrus Scriverius +p blank +618pp +pp index & errata. Text generally clean and crisp, a few quires with more browning and 3 leaves with clean tear - no loss, else neat and tight. Name crossed out on pastedown, another early name on front endpaper with a few early MS notes, Frederic Verachter 1826 at foot of titlepage and another crossed out at head with date 1741. The titlepage is dated M D XVI [in form (I) I) XVI] = 1516 but an extra C has been inserted in ink to correct the date to 1616 which is the date given as "Calendis Augusti an. M.DC.XVI" at end of the Preface. *History of the the early Middle Ages by Pontanus who was an assistant to Tycho Brahe. This is the only editon of this work, which has some French, Latin and Old-German fragmentary documents and other interesting material on early Frankish origins. Quite a scarce title (peu connu - Brunet).
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