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Details about  RARE Antique 1606 German Dilich Hessische Chronica Book over 500+ woodcut prints

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RARE Antique 1606 German Dilich Hessische Chronica Book over 500+ woodcut prints
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12 Jul, 2015 05:47:45 BST
US $9,800.00
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Seller notes: Very good condition
Binding: Vellum Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Illustrated
Subject: Illustrated Year Printed: 1606






Dilich, Wilhelm. Hessische Chronica  auffs new übersehen corrigiert und verbessert auch mit vielen Historien und bildnussen vermehret (Ander Theil…). Kassel: Wilhelm Wessel (the author and Michael Studenrauch), 1606 (1605).


4to (188 x 144mm), title (the first two words of which are woodcut) printed in red and black, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut coats of arms (that on b2 hand colored), numerous engraved illustrations (views and maps, many double page, some printed on separate sheets and cut out), contemporary vellum, printed paper spine label, first 5 leaves and second title page with paper repairs (slightly affecting text), numerous other small tears and paper repairs (some slightly affecting text or engravings), a few lower margins excised (some touching catchword), ink stain on [2]v1 (with slight loss), slight browning, binding slightly soiled.


Dilich’s history of Hesse (first published in 1605) is one of the earliest German topographical accounts. It comprises views and maps of the area together with some illustrations of traditional costume and histories of the rulers of Hesse. Dillich (1571-1650), an engineer, engraver and writer on military matters, worked for the Landgraves of Hesse from 1597 to 1622, when he was imprisoned for some transgression. His views of the towns of Hesse are some of the earliest extant representations of those places.


References: VD17 14:079455M.


Provenance: Sotheby’s, Nov. 2008, “Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts” auction sale L08409, Lot #22.


Dilich, (Wilhelm). Hessische Chronica auffs new übersehen, corrigiert und verbessert auch mit vielen Historien und bildnussen vermehret durch Wilhelm Schäffern genandt Dilich. 2 Tle. In 1 Bd. Kassel, Wilhelm Wessel u. Mich. Stubenrauch 1606/1605. Kl.-4to. (188x144mm.). 10 Bll., 189 S.; 3 Bll., 357 S., 1Bl. (Errata). Mit 1 gr., kol. Wappenholzschn., 9 (dav. 6 doppelbl. Gr.) Kupferkarten, 123 Ansichten auf 60 tlw. Doppelbl. Gr. Kupfertaf., 1 doppelbl. Gr. Kupfertaf. M. 4 Kostümdarst., 12 Portraittaf. (dav. 1 in Holzschn.), 1 geneal. Dopelbl. Gr. Taf., 1 wdh. Wappenholzschn., zahlr., tlw. Kolor. Wappenholzschn., Vignetten u. Initialen Pgmt. D. Zt. M. fragment. Papier-Rückensch. Erster Tit. In Rot u. Schwarz. Titelbll., 2 Taf. U. einige Textbll. Mit tlw. Hinterl Randläsuren.

VD17 14:079455M; Fauser I, S.XL f.; Graesse II, 392.


Das Buch befindet sich in einem sehr guten Zustand! Vergleichbare Exemplare waren in Auktionen meist immer wasserrandig bei unserem Stück ist nichts dergleichen zu sehen. Die Stiche meist sehr sauber und wunderschön!!!

Die in Kupfer gegossenen Städteansichten dienten als Vorlage für Merian. Unter den Ansichten finden wir z.B.

Braubach, Diez, Dillenburg, Eppstein, Frankfurt, Friedberg, Hanau, Hersfeld, Hofgeismar, Idstein, Königstein, Limburg, Marburg, Rüsselsheim, Schmalkalden, Siegen, St. Goar, Weilburg, Wetzlar, Wiesbaden, Kassel, Alsfeld, Dornburg, Zwingenberg, Lichtenberg, Darmstadt, Langen-Schwalbach, Gruna, Braubach, Dietz, Nassau, Erbach, Frankfurt a. M., Hoechst, Friedberg, Butzbach, Herborn, Berleburg, Wittgenstein, Marburg u.v.m.


Ein grandioses Buch Deutscher Geschichte!

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