Two Chronicles of Bavarian Nobility in Original, Gilt Ottheinrich Binding, 1550-1553

'Chronik von Herkommen der Herzoge in Bayern' with 'Croniken von den Fürsten aus Bairn'

A codex bound in an exquisite Ottheinrich binding datable 1553 and comprising two important Bavarian Chronicles. Both manuscripts are demonstrations of Bavarian power and self-imagining in this era – which may have been one reason why the present codex was not sent to Rome in 1622 with the rest of the Palatine Library.
Two texts in one codex, both written by the same scribe in brown, red, and purple ink in a 16th-century German Cursiva. Some 20th-century notes added in pencil. Original dated binding of dark brown calf over wooden boards. Gilt and blind stamped, presumably by the court binder Jörg Bernhardt, dated 1553. Covers panelled by blind fillets and Moses roll tool, lozenge formed by putti stamp. Gilt central panel stamp on upper cover showing a portrait of Ottheinrich with a second panel, with gilt legend: OTTHAINRICH VON·G C / PFALTZGRAVE BEY RHEIN / HERTZOG IN NIDERN UND / OBERN : BAIRN.
315 x 220 mm, 183 leaves



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