KEYSER HEINRYCHS DES VIERDTEN HERTZOGEN ZU FRANCKEN und AM RHYN fuenfzigjaerigen Historia: von seinem Laeben und thaaten etc.
Zurich, Christoffel FROSCHOUER 1st edition 1556 Woodcuts (104) some first used in the Schweizer-Chronik of 1548 with scenes of battles, sieges of cities, convocations, portraits &c. . Folio half calf with red label (tips rubbed, label chipped). Titlepage with woodcut printer's mark & 2 leaf Dedication & CXXXVII numbered-leaves; Lacks 3 preliminary leaves before the text and one final blank leaf. Title & prelims restubbed into gutter. Very clean & crisp with only occasional light browning/ staining, 3 or 4 marginal tears w/o loss. Two small Bookplates, Ex Libris Ludovic Blondin, & earlier bookplate of Friedemann Graf und Herr von Werthern with Motto "Wahr! dann standhaft" (STC 839). Rare monograph on the evils of popery based on sources by Vadian. Written as a History of the Life of Henry IV, 1050-1106, Holy Roman Emperor: mentions surprisingly large number of British personages, viz. Venerable Bede, John Scotus, Lanfranc, Wm. the Conquorer, etc. Black Letter with printed sidenotes, text in German. The 104 text woodcuts are of superb quality and were most carefully inked and printed, some are after designs of Holbein. Internally in Very Good condition.
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Keywords: history anti-catholic illustrated woodcuts