Chronicles: Sachsen (Saxony)
Chronecken der Sassen [Low German].
Analysis of Content
[a2r] [Bote, Konrad]: Chronecken der Sassen [Low German]. Scriptores rerum Brunsvicensium illustrationi inservientes, antiqui omnes et religionis reformatione priores, ed. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, III (Hanover, 1711), 277-423. On authorship see Carl Schaer, Conrad Botes niedersächsische Bilderchronik, ihre Quellen und ihr historischer Wert (Hanover, 1880); Potthast I 168; VL I 970-1.
Imprint: Mainz: Peter Schoeffer, 6 Mar. 1492. Folio.
Collation: [a–h] i–z A–M8 N4.
Illustrations: 799 woodcuts; woodcut initials.
GW: GW 4963;
Hain: HC *4990;
Goff: Goff C‑488;
BMC: BMC I 37;
Proctor: Pr 130;
Others: Borchling–Claussen 197; BSB‑Ink B‑765; Oates 38; Schramm XIV p. 9; Schreiber V 3531; Sheppard 87.
Copy number: C-202(1)
Leaves [c7] and C8 mutilated. Wanting the colophon leaf (N4), which is supplied in manuscript.
Sheet [b4.5] is misbound between [b1] and [b2].
Binding: Contemporary German blind-tooled calf over pasteboards, two clasps lost; rebacked. On both covers fillets form a quadruple frame. Within the second frame is a lozenge-shaped floral ornament. On the upper cover the inner rectangle is decorated with rows of a round lamb-and-flag stamp and a lozenge-shaped fleur-de-lis stamp, the lozenge-shaped floral ornament, and a four-petalled flower. On the lower cover the inner rectangle is decorated with a large round rosette stamp, the lozenge-shaped floral ornament, and a six-petalled flower.
Size: 295 × 213 × 48 mm.
Size of leaf: 290 × 210 mm.
Early foliation and marginal notes, some in Low German. On t2v a note in German concerning a fire in Stederborg (see Oesterley 652) in 1552; on E5r a note in the same hand referring to another event of the same year.
A few woodcuts are partly coloured in ink.
Provenance: Thomas Thorpe (1791-1851); purchased ‘At Wise's 1st auction of Thorpe's Books', lot 131, for £1. 0. 0; see Books Purchased (1832), 6, and Financial Statements (1828-32, Library Records b. 4), no. 16, ‘Books purchased by the Librarian'.
Former Bodleian shelfmark: Auct. 1Q extra 2.13.
SHELFMARK: Auct. 1Q 3.33.
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