The First Mention in Print of Gutenberg as the Inventor of Printing
EUSEBIUS. Chronicon. [With the continuations of Prosper Florentinus and M. Palmerius Pisanus. Edited by J.L. Santritter]. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt , 13 September 1483].
Second edition (after the undated first edition printed in Milan ca. 1475) and the first edition to mention Gutenberg as the inventor of printing. Small quarto (9 3/16 x 6 5/8 inches; 233 x 167 mm.). [182] leaves, including the three blank leaves (pi1, a1, and x10). Roman and gothic letter. Thirty-four and forty-one lines, double columns. Printed in red and black. Two large and fourteen smaller white-on-black floriated woodcut initials.

In a near contemporary binding of limp vellum lettered in manuscript on spine. Minor worming to spine and to outer blank margin of several gatherings. Very minor dampstaining to inner blank margin of the final third of the volume. Several early ink annotations on final blank leaf and in margins. Bookplates. An exceptionally nice copy, very fine and bright. Housed in a custom green cloth clamshell case.

This Chronicon is the foundation for our knowledge of many dates and events in Greek and Roman history well into the fourth century. In the first edition, additions by Prosper Aquitanus take the history into the mid fifth century, and further additions by Matthaeus Palmerius Florentinus continue it to 1449. In the second edition the chronicle is continued to the year 1481 with the additions of Matthias Palmerius Pisanus. On leaf v3 under the year 1457, there is a reference to the invention of printing, ascribed to Johann Gutenberg in 1440. Under the year 1476 are recorded several interesting facts concerning Regiomontanus: his death, his promotion by Matthias Corvinus, his completion of the Tabulae directionum, and the printing of the Theoricae planetarum novae of his teacher Georgius Peurbach. This edition is an elegant example of Ratdolt’s printing.

BMC V, p. 287. Goff E-117. GW 9433. Hain *6717. Proctor 4390.

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