Henricpetri, Adam. General Historien der aller namhaftigsten unnd fürnembsten Geschichten, Thaten und Handlungen, so sich bey Übergebung und Ende des Großmechtigsten Keyser Carols des Fünfften, und anfange Ferdinanden seines Bruders Regierung: nemlich vom jar M. D. LV [...].

Basel, Sebastian Henricpetri, (1577).

Folio (215 x 306 mm). (24), DCXV, (1) pp. Title printed in red and black. With 46 woodcut illustrations in the text (3 double-page-sized, including 11 portraits) and a folding map of Hungary. Contemporary full vellum with handwritten spine title.


First edition of this fundamental historical work. The lawyer and historian Adam Henricpetri (1543-86) covers the events accompanying the end of the reign of Holy Roman Emperer Charles V. and the beginning of his brother Ferdinand I.'s reign over a period of seven years, from 1555 to 1561. The volume is considered a prominent example of 16th century historiography and the fact that the author was a contemporary of Charles V. makes it all the more authentic. Each book treats one year and informs the reader not only about the history of the Holy Roman Empire but also about Italian, French, Spanish, Hungarian, Danish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Indian and Turkish history. The woodcut illustrations show, among other scenes, the long procession taking place for Charles V.'s funeral service in Brussels. The highlight of this service was a grand allegorical ship representing all of Charles' merits, which is shown as a double-paged illustration. The woodcuts also include a scene from the Spanish Inquisition, the Parisian parliament, some views of European cities and portraits of important persons.

Ownership by Joh. Pet. Baikes, dated 1883.

Variously browned, slightly stained, otherwise in excellent condition.

From the library Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf.

BM-STC German 392. Nicht bei Adams.