The first history of the Peasants' War

Gnodalius, Petrus. Seditio repentina vulgi, praecipue rusticorum anno MDXXV tempore verno per universam fere Germaniam exorta [...].

Basel, Sebastian Henricpetri, 1570.

8vo. (28) pp., 2 bl. ff., (16), 439, (1) pp. With woodcut printer's device on title-page and large device on final leaf; several woodcut initials.

(Bound with) II: Naogeorg [i. e. Kirchmeyer], Thomas. Rubricae, sive summae capitulorum iuris canonici, omnibus tam iura disce[n]tibus, quam aliarum artium studiosis scitu cumprimis utiles ac necessariae, nunc primum [...] editae. Basel, no printer, [ca. 1551]. (32), 301, (1) pp. Contemporary limp vellum. Wants ties.


Extremely rare first edition of what is probably the earliest comprehensive history of the German Peasants' Wars, focusing on the insurrections in Upper Swabia and around Lake Constance, which were put down in 1525. Even the 1573 German translation, which is much more common, is regarded as "very rare" (cf. RA 68, Nr. 77). No copy of the present original edition in auction records since 1950.

Old handwritten ownership notes to title-page (monograms HF and MK in Lat in and Hebrew; "Laurentius Rudanthi" [?], etc.).

II: First edition of this early collection of problems in canon law, intended for legal training. It was composed by the well-known Lutheran theologian and neo-Latin poet Thomas Kirchmeyer (1508-63), who had left the Dominican order in 1526, during his brief year of law school at Basel in 1551.

A good, insignificantly browned copy.

I: VD 16, G 2283. BM-STC German 362. Adams G 782. Schottenloher 34770c. Jöcher II, 1027.

II: VD 16, K 992. Cf. NDB XVIII, 729.

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