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BROUWER Christoph SJ
Fuldensium antiquitatum libri IIII
1612. Title-page vignette with monogram IHS, three full-page engravings and nine text engravings, Plantin compasses device at end, head- and tail-pieces, initials, some of them historiated. 4to (260 x 170mm). Contemporary German? calf over wooden boards, covers richly gilt with multiple concentric panels made up of fillets, ornamental rolls of various sizes and repeated stamps, inner panel with corner tools, rosettes and central ornament, flat gilt spine divided into two panels with repeated stamps, one of two clasps remains, edges gauffered (neat repair at head of spine, small wormtrack to lower section of upper cover). Antwerp, ex officina Plantiniana, apud viduam & filios Ioannis Moreti, 1612. First edition, handsomely bound, of this classic history of the ancient Benedictine Abbey of Fulda undertaken by the Jesuit historian, Christopher Brouwer (1559-1617), who was rector of the Jesuit College which had been established there in 1571. During his time in charge of the school one of its most famous pupils was the future Jesuit polymath Athanasius Kircher (1602-80). Brouwer's history is notable for its use of early manuscripts from Fulda's library that are now lost, such as four from the 9th century, the Supplex Libellus, a manuscript of the abbot Hrabanus Maurus' poems, Rudolf of Fulda's Miracula sanctorum and Candidus' Vita Aegil. From the Vita Aegil, the life of Abbot Eigil, Brouwer also includes three engraved illustrations (pp. 90 & 170) copied from a now lost series of images which illustrated the manuscript making it the first known illustrated biography, possibly b … [Click Below for Full Description]
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