Scarce First Edition of Widukind’s 1532 Chronicle of the Saxons bound with Procopius’ 1531 History of the Wars

First Edition

Two early and important military books bound together in the original binding. Widukind’s Chronicle of the Saxons bound with Procopius’ History of the Wars. Published: Basel, Lo. Hervagium, 1531 and 1532. A scarce first edition of Widukind’s Chronicle of the Saxons. The chronicle was written during the lifetime of the emperor Otto the Great, probably around 968. Starting with the origin of the Saxons, the history comes down to the death of Otto in 997. The earlier part of the work is taken from tradition, but the writing deals with contemporary events as he was familiar with court life and the events of the day. The work is dedicated to Matilda, abbess of Quedlinburg, daughter of the emperor Otto.

First Latin Edition of Procopius’ main historical work, called the History of the Wars. It is the most important source for information about the reign of the emperor Justinian, containing the Persian Wars relating the struggle between Justin and Justinian against the Persians down to the year 550, the Vandal War describing the conquest of the Vandal kingdom in Africa down to 546, the Gothic War, narrating the war against the Ostrogoths in Sicily and Italy from 536 to 552.

Bound together in contemporary full pigskin over wood binding. Double raised bands on spine. Light wear to bands. Small cracks at upper compartment. Light wear to top of spine. Covers richly tooled in blind. With 2 clasps (clasps and catches fully intact). Some small wormholes on top of upper cover. Stamp on foot of first title-page. Procopius: printers woodcut device on title-page and on colophon-leaf. (48),690,(2-blank),46,(2) pp. The last section in Greek. Widukind: printers woodcut device on title-page and on last leaf. (28),394,(2) pp. Large woodcut initials in both works. Both works clean and fine.

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Price: $15,000.00

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