Sale: 348 / Rare Books, Nov. 17./18. 2008 in Hamburg Lot 131

 
Johannes Aventinus - Beyerische chronica. 1580


 
131
Johannes Aventinus
Beyerische chronica. 1580
Estimate:
€ 1,200 / $ 1,368
Sold:
€ 1,560 / $ 1.778

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Aventinus, Joh., Chronica, Darinn nicht allein deß gar alten hauß Beyern ... Herkommen, Stam(m) und Geschichte, sondern auch der uralten Teutschen Ursprung, Herkommen, Sitten, Gebräuch, Religion, Mannliche und treffliche Thaten ... beschrieben ... Durch N. Cisner in Druck gegeben, und mit nützlichen Glossen illustriert worden. With woodcut printer's device on the title, 2 broad figurative woodcut borders on the subtitle, 1 armorial woodcut, 13 portrait woodcuts and 4 (1 fullpage) woodcuts in the text, all by Jost Amman. Frankfurt, Joh. and S. Feyerabend 1580. Contemp. pigskin binding over wooden boards with 2 brass clasps. Folio. 24 non-numb. ll. (the last blank), 424 numb. ll., 26 non-numb. ll.
VD 16, T 2321. - BM STC, German Books S. 861. - Becker, Amman S. 96, 26. - Not recorded by Adams. - Second edition (increased by the splendid Genesis woodcut), which is based on Aventinus' own popular translation and revised by the jurist N. Cisner. "Als literarisches Denkmal ist die Chronik von höchstem Wert. In einer an die Kraft Luthers erinnernden ausdrucksreichen Sprache hat A. darin mehr eine deutsche als eine bayer. Geschichte geschrieben. Durch sie, die einem Goethe warmes Lob abgerungen hat, ist er einer der Wegbereiter deutschen Nationalgefühls geworden." [transl.:"The chronic is of a high value regarding its literary importance. With a powerful language, similar to that of Luther, A. wrote a history of Germany rather than merely of Bavaria. Thus, having been highly praised by Goethe, he became one of the precursors of German nationalism."] (NDB I, 469) - The splendid woodcuts by Amman show a portrait of Aventin and 12 portraits of the "ersten alten Teutschen Könige und Fürsten" [transl.:"first old German kings and princes"] from Tuiscon to Charlemagne, also with a full-page woodcut (complete genesis) and battle scenes. The two subtitles with allegoric figures are also quite remarkable. - Partly slightly browned and somewhat waterstained, first ll. with small marginal defects, last l. with crease mark, title with an old ownership entry, endpapers partly defective or removed. Binding stained and slightly wavy in places, with defective covering in places of the edges.
Second edition, enlarged by the magnificent Genesis woodcut. Ammans beautiful woodcuts depict the first 12 kings and counts, and the book itself is rather a history of entire Germany than of Bavaria, still much valued by Goethe. Contemp. pigskin over wooden boards with 2 brass-clasps (stained and wavy in parts, edges with defective spots to covering.

131
Johannes Aventinus
Beyerische chronica. 1580
Estimate:
€ 1,200 / $ 1,368
Sold:
€ 1,560 / $ 1.778

(incl. 20% surcharge)