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Chronicon quod Hieronymius presbyter divino eius ingenio Latinum facere curavit…
[Paris]: Henri Estienne], 30 October 1518., 1518. 4to. ff. [20], 175 [i.e. 173]. lacking final blank. title within woodcut border with arms of the University of Paris & 2 putti at head & Estienne’s name set in type in a circle at the foot. criblé initials in 3 sizes. printed in red & black throughout except for title & index. old vellum (fore-margin of first few leaves frayed, outer margins in last 3 gatherings cropped with some text shaved on last 6 leaves). Second Estienne Edition (first: 1512) of St. Jerome’s Latin version of Eusebius’s chronicle (extended to 381), with the continuations of Prosper of Aquitaine (to 448), Matteo Palmieri (to 1449), Mattia Palmieri (to 1481), and Joannes Multivallis (to 1512). Of special interest are the reference to the invention of printing by Gutenberg under the year 1457 and a passage relating to America on folio 172v under the year 1509. This latter is generally agreed to be the earliest printed reference to Canadian aboriginals, describing the arrival in Rouen of seven savages from "that island which is called Terra Nova’ (probably Micmacs or Beothuks brought back from his 1508 voyage to the New world by Thomas Albert, the Dieppe pilot. The event is visually recorded in a work in bas-relief which is still preserved in the church of St. James in Dieppe. The aboriginals are vividly described as having, "hair dark and coarse like a horse’s mane; no beard through their whole life…not any hair on their whole body except that of the head and eyebrows…their boat is of bark and one man can carry it on his shoulders." Adams E-1074. Renouard p. 20 no.9. Schreiber 28. Mortimer, Harvard 16th Century French, 217. Alden 518/3. JCB I 69-70. BM STC 158. cfSabin 23114..
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