- Hinges weak; contents fine. Lacks ties; vellum soiled and wrinkled.
= Adams S787. HIGHLY IMPORTANT PROVENANCE: from the library of Philips van Marnix van St. Aldegonde and subsequently from the library of Arnold Buchelius. With the owner's entry of Arnold Buchelius on first free endpaper: "Ex libris Arnoldi Buchellii [...] 1599" and with a small contemp. manuscript annot. in upper right corner: "ex auct. Marn Lug. [... (Batavorum)]. Also with notes/ annotations in contemp. hand, possibly partly by Marnix van St Aldegonde (extensively so on verso first free endpaper and on final endpaper and some scattered short annotations in margin of text, as well as occasional underlining in text).
The work is listed in the auction catalogue of Marnix' library, Catalogus Librorum Bibliothecae Nobilissimi Clarissimique viri piae memoriae D. Philippi Marnixii Sancto-Aldegondii (...) (publ. Leyden, 1599; facs. Nieuwkoop, 1964), in the section Libri historici uner the heading "In octavo.", leaf E1 recto. On the sales and whereabouts of the libraries of Philips Marnix van St. Aldegonde see B. van Selm, Een menighte treffelijcke Boecken p.20ff. and p.158, no.18. As far as we could trace, this is the second volume from this library that has been offered for sale in the past 46 years (the first in our sale no.29, in 1998), and it is not likely that many books from his library were offered for sale in the years before 1970. Extremely rare. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CXXI.