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    First Edition of Antoninus' Epic Chronicon

    Antoninus Florentinus. Chronicon. Nurnberg: (Anton Koberger), 1484. First edition of Antoninus' compendium of history, presented through a series of examples of righteous living. It extends from the ancient to the modern world, with the most modern examples drawn from Antoninus's contemporaries, Poggio Bracciolini and Leonardo Bruni. Three folio volumes. Approximately 15.5 x 11.25 inches. [13], I-CCXV, [6] (lacks first and last blanks); [13], I-CCXLI, [5] (lacks first and last blanks); [13], I-CCLVI, [5] (lacks first and last blanks) pages. Otherwise complete. Bound in full seventeenth-century vellum, ink titles to spines, red speckled edges. Binding slightly worn with stitched repairs. Two columns of text, sixty-eight to sixty-nine lines. Not rubricated. Twelve leaves at beginning and at end with some marginal damage in volume II. Two pages creased (volume I, page 32, volume II, page 138). Some worming, mostly marginal, in beginning and at end volume II throughout, about forty leaves browned within all three volumes. Some foxing. Some old marginal annotations, mostly in volume I. Partly dampstained in lower margins, mostly in the beginning and at end. Bookplates of Eivind Hassler. Still, a fine example of this important and rare title.
    "Saint Antoninus (Anthony of Florence, Antonio Pierozzi, also called De Forciglioni, 1 March 1389 - 2 May 1459) was an archbishop of Florence. Born in the city of Florence, he entered the Dominican order in his sixteenth year. Soon, in spite of his youth, he was with the government of various houses of his order at Cortona, Rome, Naples and Florence, which he labored zealously to reform. He was involved in the establishment of the convent of San Marco, Florence. The convent's cells, including one for Cosimo de' Medici, were painted in fresco by Fra Angelico and his assistants.
    Antoninus was consecrated Archbishop of Florence in 1446 on the initiative of Pope Eugene IV, and won the esteem and love of his people, especially by his energy and resource in combating the effects of the plague and earthquake in 1448 and 1453. Antoninus lived a life of austerity as archbishop. His relations with the Medici regime were close but not always harmonious. He died on 2 May 1459, and Pope Pius II conducted his funeral. (The pope was on his way to the Council of Mantua when he heard of the archbishop's death.)
    His writings, some in Italian, reflect a pronounced awareness of the problems of social and economic development. He argued in them that the state had a duty to intervene in mercantile affairs for the common good, and the obligation to help the poor and needy. His viewpoint on vanity of women's dress made concessions to the social status of women of high birth or married to holders of high office." (Encyclopaedia Britannica).
    "Under the title, 'Chronicon partibus tribus distincta ab initio mundi ad MCCCLX' (published also under the titles 'Chronicorum opus' and 'Historiarum opus'), he wrote a general history of the world with the purpose of presenting to his readers a view of the workings of divine providence. While he did not give way to his imagination or colour facts, he often fell into the error, so common among the chroniclers of his period, of accepting much that should historical criticism has since rejected as untrue or doubtful. But this can be said only of those parts in which he treated of early history. When writing of the events and politics of his own age he exercised a judgment that has been of the greatest value to later historians." (Catholic Encyclopedia).
    HC *1159. GW 2072. BMC II, 426 (IC. 7320). BSB A-563. Pellecher 813. Goff A-778. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Antoninus Florentinus. Chronicon. Nurnberg: (Anton Koberger), 1484. Folio (395x282). 3 vols. Vol. I (13), I-CCXV, (6), lacks 1st and last blanks, Vol.II (13), I-CCXLI, (5), lacks 1st and last blanks, Vol.III (13), I-CCLVI, (5), lacks 1st and last blanks. Later (17th century) vellum, slightly worn with stitched repairs, red speckled edges. Two columns of text, 68-69 lines. Not rubricated. 12 leaves at beginning and at end with some marginal damages in p.II. Two pages creased (pg 32, vol.1 & pg.138 vol.2). Some worming, most marginal, in beginning and at end. Partly dampstained in lower margins, mostly in the beginning and at end. p.II throughout, about 40 leaves browned within all 3 volumes. Some foxing. Some old marginal annotations, mostly in p. I. Bookplate of Eivind Hassler. 3 volumes. Else, blanks lacking, books are complete. From the library of Eivind Hassler. First edition. First edition of Antoninus's compendium of history, presented through a series of examples of righteous living. It extends from the ancient to the modern world, with the most modern examples drawn from Antoninus's contemporaries, Poggio Bracciolini and Leonardo Bruni.

    Saint Antoninus (Anthony of Florence, Antonio Pierozzi, also called De Forciglioni) (1 March 1389 Ð 2 May 1459) was an archbishop of Florence.

    Born in the city of Florence, he entered the Dominican order in his 16th year. Soon, in spite of his youth, he was with the government of various houses of his order at Cortona, Rome, Naples and Florence, which he labored zealously to reform. He was involved in the establishment of the convent of San Marco, Florence. The convent's cells, including one for Cosimo de' Medici, were painted in fresco by Fra Angelico and his assistants.

    Antoninus was consecrated Archbishop of Florence in 1446 on the initiative of Pope Eugene IV, and won the esteem and love of his people, especially by his energy and resource in combating the effects of the plague and earthquake in 1448 and 1453. Antoninus lived a life of austerity as archbishop. His relations with the Medici regime were close but not always harmonious. He died on 2 May 1459, and Pope Pius II conducted his funeral. (The pope was on his way to the Council of Mantua when he heard of the archbishop's death.)

    His writings, some in Italian, reflect a pronounced awareness of the problems of social and economic development. He argued in them that the state had a duty to intervene in mercantile affairs for the common good, and the obligation to help the poor and needy. His viewpoint on vanity of women's dress made concessions to the social status of women of high birth or married to holders of high office.[EB]

    Because of his small stature, he was also called 'Little Anthony' (Antonino).

    "Under the title, 'Chronicon partibus tribus distincta ab initio mundi ad MCCCLX' (published also under the titles 'Chronicorum opus' and 'Historiarum opus'), he wrote a general history of the world with the purpose of presenting to his readers a view of the workings of divine providence. While he did not give way to his imagination or colour facts, he often fell into the error, so common among the chroniclers of his period, of accepting much that should historical criticism has since rejected as untrue or doubtful. But this can be said only of those parts in which he treated of early history. When writing of the events and politics of his own age he exercised a judgment that has been of the greatest value to later historians." [CE]

    HC *1159. GW 2072. BMC II, 426 (IC. 7320). BSB A-563. Pellecher 813. Goff A-778.



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