6270. Foresti's richly illustrated chronicle Venice 1506

FORESTI'S CHRONICLE. FORESTI, JACOBUS PHILIPPUS, BERGOMENSIS. Nouissime historiaru(m) omniu(m) repercussio(n)es nouiter a... Iacobo Philippo Bergomense... edite, que supplementi cronicaru(m) nuncupantur... Venetiis (impressum opere et impensa Georgij de Rusconibus) (Venice, G. Ruconi) 1506.

Folio (about 312x210 mm.). (12), (1), 4-449, (1 blank) pp. Title with woodcut arms of cardinal Antoniotto Pallavicini, leaf signed a1 with woodcut frame, 4 fullpage woodcuts (repaired wormholes), 89 smaller woodcuts of towns in the text (some repeated), woodcut initials, page 7 with woodcut world map.
Contemporary blindstamped half pigskin over wooden boards, some smaller damages, metal clasps and fittings (clasps later), spine in eight compartments, damaged manuscript title label, lacks last endpaper. In the hinges parts of old vellum manuscript. First endpaper mended. Title mended in outer margin. Worming, mostly in the beginning and at the end. Partly dampstained in upper part, partly mended in upper inner margin pp. 227-368 with loss of a few letters in the rubrication. Some old marginal annotations. Bookplate of Victor von Stedingk on first endpaper, of "Domus S. S. Adelhaidis et Caietani" (Munich) on inside of upper cover, other provenance University of Ingolstadt (inscription on inside of upper cover). Library stamp of Roman Kaczmar.

Sabin 25084.
This impressive chronicle by Foresti (Bergomensis, 1431-1520), was first published in Venice 1483 and the first illustrated edition was published in 1486. It is maybe the first universal chronicle embodying the new classical learning of the Renaissance, and a model for Schedel's "Nuremberg Chronicle"printed 1493.
Under the year 1452 (fol 402 verso) we find a reference about the invention of printing, on fol. 440-441 on Columbus and the discovery of America. The woodcuts contain i.a.4 full-page blocks of the Creation, Expulsion, Death of Abel, and Tower of Babel, a world map (a5r), and numerous smaller city views of varying sizes : Verona, Genoa, Rome, Milan, Venice, Liege, Damascus, Athens, Florence, &c.

From the library of Roman Kaczmar.