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Historiarum de regno Italiae libri viginti . . . qui libri historiam ab anno DLXX usque ad MCCLXXXVI, quo regnum interiit, & libertas Italiae redempta est, continent. [With]: Quinque reliqui libri . . . qui libri nunc primum editi, quindecim de eodem regno antea vulgatos sequuntur, & narrationem ab anno 1200 usque ad 1286 perficiunt. Frankfurt, heirs of Andreas Wechel, C. & I. Aubrius,

SIGONIO Carlo (1591.)

£850.00 

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Woodcut printer's device at beginning and end of each part, fine ornamental woodcut headpieces and initials.2 parts in one. Folio. [4]ff. 359pp. [12]ff. [3]ff. 7-125pp. [11]ff. Contemporary vellum, with pigskin spine (probably added in the 17th century).

An important edition of this history of Italy, perhaps containing the first edition of books 16-20. The first part contains the history from the invasion of the Lombards in 568 to the end of the 12th century, while the second part contains one of two editions to be printed in 1591 of books 16-20 which deal with the years 1200-1286. In order to obtain material for these works, Sigonius (c. 1524-1584) consulted all the archives and family chronicles of Italy, and the public and private libraries. The autograph Ms. of the work, containing all the preliminary studies and many unpublished documents is in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.Provenance: Ownership inscription on title of a member of the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter's in Salzburg, with their printed book-label, dated 1767, pasted inside front cover.Adams S1124. VD16 S6441.

Stock Code: 44926