Annales rerum Belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principibus, à Rudolpho primo, usq; ad Carolum V. gestarum: ex optimis quibusque cum typo cusis tum manuscriptis authoribus, publicis item ac privatis rerum monumentis, summo studio conquisti, & in libros XII. Gerardus de ROO.
Annales rerum Belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principibus, à Rudolpho primo, usq; ad Carolum V. gestarum: ex optimis quibusque cum typo cusis tum manuscriptis authoribus, publicis item ac privatis rerum monumentis, summo studio conquisti, & in libros XII.
Annales rerum Belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principibus, à Rudolpho primo, usq; ad Carolum V. gestarum: ex optimis quibusque cum typo cusis tum manuscriptis authoribus, publicis item ac privatis rerum monumentis, summo studio conquisti, & in libros XII.
Annales rerum Belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principibus, à Rudolpho primo, usq; ad Carolum V. gestarum: ex optimis quibusque cum typo cusis tum manuscriptis authoribus, publicis item ac privatis rerum monumentis, summo studio conquisti, & in libros XII.

Lovely Copy of the Essential History of the Habsburgs

Annales rerum Belli domique ab Austriacis Habspurgicae gentis principibus, à Rudolpho primo, usq; ad Carolum V. gestarum: ex optimis quibusque cum typo cusis tum manuscriptis authoribus, publicis item ac privatis rerum monumentis, summo studio conquisti, & in libros XII.

Large Habsburg woodcut coat-of-arms on title; portrait of Archduke Ferdinand II on verso & Habsburg family tree with small portraits on verso of fifth preliminary leaf, both finely engraved & full-page; & 48 woodcut coat-of-arms on preliminary leaves 11-16. 16 p.l., 477, [1], 28 pp. Small folio, fine cont. limp vellum, covers panelled in gilt with gilt fleurons in corners, gilt coats-of-arms in center of covers, yapp edges, ties gone, a.e.g. Innsbruck: J. Agricola, 1592.

First edition and a lovely copy of this essential official history of the Habsburg princes written by the librarian and keeper of art to Ferdinand II; complete with the finely executed engravings of the dedicatory portrait of Ferdinand and detailed family tree. Roo (d. 1590), originally from the Netherlands, compiled this chronicle at the castle of Ambras, near Innsbruck, which Ferdinand had restored for his wife, Philippine Welser. Roo died suddenly before the work’s publication; nevertheless, Ferdinand’s secretary, Conrad Dietz, had it printed by Hans Baur at the archduke’s expense. Baur’s humanist roman and italic types are quite similar to those originally crafted by Garamond and Granjon. This text was likely only printed in 100 copies and distributed among the royal courts of Europe.

The present work begins with a discussion of the Habsburg’s earliest origins in the mid-10th century. The Habsburg line was firmly established with Rudolph I’s coronation at Aachen in 1273 as King of the Germans and further strengthened by his annexation of the duchies of Austria and Styria. Printed commentary in the margins and years are provided as a guide. Pierre Deschamps calls this text a “monument impérissable du dévouement passioné des Tyroliens à la maison d'Autriche.”

No expense was spared in the illustration of this work. The dedicatory portrait of Ferdinand is considered one of the finest in any 16th-century book. Throughout the engraved Habsburg family tree individual features are delicately rendered. The 48 coats-of-arms are an important resource for Habsburg heraldry from the very beginning of its existence. Numerous vignettes and ornate initials embellish the text.

A fine copy in a splendid vellum binding decorated in gilt. Sporadic and inoffensive foxing. Stamp of the house of Oettingen-Wallerstein on title-page. Early note in Latin on upper inside cover. Signature possibly of Gottfried Stieber, Anbacher historian and archivist, facing the title page: “G. Stieber Ao. 1764, d. 13 Mars.”

❧ Deschamps 957. Encycl. Brit.–Habsburgs.

Price: $7,500.00

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