Decsy, Sámuel. Á magyar szent koronának és az ahoz tartozó tárgyaknak historiája [...].

Vienna, Ignatz Alberti, 1792.

8vo. (8), 589, (1) pp., final blank f. With engraved frontispiece and 38 (instead of 40?) numbered engraved plates, 7 of which folded, all in original hand colour. Contemporary full calf with giltstamped title label to spine and pretty floral design to upper cover. All edges red.


First edition. Important historical work by the Hungarian philosopher and physician Decsy (1742-1816), discussing the history of the Holy Crown of Hungary and the royal insignia on the occasion of the 1790 coronation of Leopold II as king of Hungary, who is depicted in the frontispiece. The illustrations also show Hungarian soldiers on horseback and scenes from the coronation ceremony in Pressburg.

Contemporary ownership to title-page: "G... Gáboré". Binding insignificantly scratched, spine rubbed, slightly wormed, top spine end scuffed. Paper rather browned and brownstained throughout with occasional slight waterstaining and worming as well as fingerstaining (including the plates). From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel with his signed and stamped ownership, dated 1976, to pastedown.

Petrik I, 510. Wernigg 4369. Not in Apponyi or Kayser.

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