Author: Miechowa Maciej, 1457 - 1523
Title: Chronica Polonoru[m].
Title in English: Polish Chronicle.
Bound with Ioducus Ludovicus Decius (J. L. Dietz, 1485–1545): Contenta de vetustatibus Polonorum. Liber I-III.
Published: Hieron. Vietor, Cracow, December 1521.
Format: Folio in six (32 x 22 cm).
Binding: Contemporary calf richly tooled in blind, spine with four raised bands, manuscript title to top of vertical edge; lacking ties, skillful repairs including reback preserving original spine.
First work: [XXIV], CCCLXXIX pp. including woodcut title page and many woodcuts in text, woodcut initials; second work: [III], CXIX, [I] pp. including woodcut title page and many wooduct initials in text; occasional marginal wormholes, rare spotting or browning, few skillful repairs to title. Fine copy, in rich contemporary binding, of the rare first edition of the first printed study and history of Poland, printed in Cracow two years before Miechow’s death. One of the finest production of early 16th-century Poland, with many woodcut portraits and rich woodcut titles.
Provenance: Gdansk Senate Library (17th c. engraved armorial bookplate to upper pastedown), Nikolay Vladimirovich Myatlev (his armorial booklabel to upper pastedown), Nikolay Nikolaevich Birukov (his pictorial booklabel with motto ‘Ex libris lux’ and date 1899 to upper pastedown).
Reference: Brunet III, 1710: “il s’y trouve ordinairement reuni un ouvrage de Decius ‘de vetustatibus polonorum’, this one in Brunet II, 557.