Famous women from ancient history and the Middle Ages

Boccaccio, Giovanni. Ein schöne Cronica oder Hystori Buch, von den fürnämlichsten Weybern, so von Adams Zeyten an geweszt, was guttes und böses je durch sy geübt, auch was nachmaln guttes oder böses darauß entstanden [...].

Augsburg, Heinrich Stayner, 1543.

Folio (195 x 295 mm). (5 [instead of 6]), 88 (instead of XC) ff. (wants ff. II-III). With 77 (instead of 80) woodcuts in the text, one full-page. Modern cloth, gilt in floral relief, with giltstamped title to spine. Marbled endpapers.


Third (?) German edition, first published in German in 1473. The work presents famous women from ancient history and the Middle Ages as well as figures of legend, discussing, among others, Eve, Queen Semiramis of Assyria, Cassandra, Helen of Troy, Sappho, Cleopatra, Agrippina, and Pope Joan. The illustrations, showing important events from the protagonists' lives, were created by Jörg Breu and Leonhard Beck, with the exception of the Fall of Man on f. I, which is the work of from Hans Schäufelin.

Wants the title-leaf and ff. B3-4; corner of f. LXXV (O3) torn away (slight loss to text); photocopied 1970s facsimiles of the missing pages are inserted. Stitching broken; quires, binding, and endpapers loose; several leaves reinforced or rebacked in the gutter with traces of worming; preliminaries and first 5 ff. of text show edge defects (some rebacked), intermittent tears and edge flaws after that. Some brownstaining throughout. Loose boards have early 20th c. bookplate of the Viennese banker and collector Rudolf von Gutmann to lower pastedown; hand-coloured bookplate of Josef Wetscherek on the front flyleaf (likewise loose, with a few bibliographical notes in pencil). Old pencil shelfmark on first preserved page (a2 recto).

Latterly in the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel.

VD 16, B 5817.