Der fürtrefflich griechisch Geschicht Schreiber Herodianus, den der hochgelert Angelus Politianus inn das latein, und Hieronymus Boner in nachvolgend teütsch pracht. Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 19 Aug.
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Sm. folio. (285 x 205mm). , 70ff. large woodcut on title-page of the two 'emperors' (with names in Roman type above), by Jorg Breu the Elder after Hans Burgkmair; large cut by Hans Weiditz on folio a1 of an emperor, two large ornamental woodcut tail-pieces by the Master DS, ornamental woodcut initials, 18th century vellum backed boards covered with German gilt embossed decorative paper (top of spine restored), little marginal watertstaining, and a few small round marginal wormholes, paper repair to h2
(Augsburg: H. Steiner, 29 August
First German edition, translated by Hieronymus Boner of Colmar, who translated Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch (Lives), and other writers, both ancient and modern, into German. Herodian's work, written in Greek, is a history of the Roman Empire from the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD180 to the beginning of the reign of Gordian III, who died in AD 244. It was translated into Latin by Politian (Poliziano), printed first in Rome in 1493, and it is from this (as with his other translations/abridgements from the Greek, published in the 1530s and later reprinted) that Boner has worked. It is in fact Politian's version which lies behind all the 16th-century vernacular translations, including the English one of [1556?]
This copy has some 18th-century annotations in German. These extend through the book, as does some underlining, and shew that it has been carefuly read. This translation was several times reprinted up to 1660.
The bold title woodcut of two men, here dubbed the emperors Marcus Aurelius and Gordian, is a copy from Burgkmair's illustrations for the Pappenheim Chronicle published in the previous year (see Dodgson II, p. 425). The large cut on the first page of text is by Hans Weiditz and shows an emperor on a throne granting an audience to a man in a fur tippet. One of the large woodcut initials is also attributed to Weiditz.
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