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Luxuriously bound for Count Palatinate Ottheinrich in 1553, this codex of two important Bavarian Chronicles is accompanied by coats of arms and a genealogical table of the Dukes of Bavaria. It was originally written for a member of the Wittelsbach House - presumably George the Rich, Ottheinrich's grandfather.
In the first text by Hans Ebran von Wildenberg, Chronik von Herkommen der Herzoge in Bayern, Bavarian history is told through the eyes of the noble ruling class, focusing on the Bavarian princes as well as the ancient kingdom of the 'Haus Bawaria'. Though Hans Ebran finished the first edition in 1479, in 1490-93 a second version which continued to the death of Duke Louis the Rich was finished.
The second text is the Croniken von den Fürsten aus Bairn, where Dean of St. Mang near Regensburg, Andreas von Regensberg, joins the parallel ranks of popes and emperors with the line of the local bishops. The binding of the texts is especially ornate, with a gilt portrait of Ottheinrich on the front cover and his coat of arms on the back.
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