[Thuroczy, Janos]. Der Hungern Chronica inhaltend wie sie anfengklich ins land kommen sind, mit anzeygung aller irer König, und was sie namhafftiges gethan haben [...].

(Vienna, Hans Metzker), 1534.

Folio. 165 (but: 65) ff. With large woodcut title vignette and 18 woodcut text illustrations. 19th century half calf over marbled boards with giltstamped spine label.


A very well preserved copy of the popular "Chronicle of the Hungarians", the most prominent work of late medieval Hungarian historiography and an important example of medieval chronicle writing. Janos Thuroczy (ca. 1435-88) was the first layman to compose a chronicle on Hungarian history. Originally published in Latin in 1488, this first German edition was translated by Hans Haug zum Freystein and contains all five books of the chronicle in a single volume. Provides detailed descriptions of the events in the territories of modern Hungary, starting with the uprising of the Huns in 373 A.D. and ending with the death of King Louis II of Hungary in the battle of Mohács against the Ottomans in 1526, including accounts of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary, and of the turbulent infant coronation of Ladislaus Postumus in 1440, with more general notes on the Hungarian coronation ceremony.

Handwritten ownership "Alfred Graf Hirmayer" on title-page. Some margins repaired, slightly waterstained and fingerstained, otherwise well preserved. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf (his note of acquisition from 1977 is loosely inserted).

VD 16, T 1212. Kertbeny 485. BM STC-German 423. Cf. Apponyi I, 14 (Latin ed. 1488).

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