First Edition of Le Petit's Chronicles
Jean Francois Le Petit. La Grande Chronique Ancienne
Et Moderne, De Holland, Zeland, West-Frise, Utrecht,
Frise, Overyssel & Groeningen, jusques a la fin de l'An
1600. Dordrecht: Jacob Canin and Guillaume Guillemot for the
Author, 1601. First edition. Two folio volumes. Approximately 12 x
7 inches. *8, A8, B-Q8, R8 (R2+ R2), S-2R8, 2S10, 3a1, 3A-3P8, 2A8,
2B1; *8, A-3B8, 3C10, 3D8. , 650, , 240, ; , 779,
 pages. Engraved title-pages and large (virtually full-page)
engravings of the author and fifty-seven portraits of the counts of
Holland and Zealand by Christoffel Von Sichem, the younger.
Contemporary full mottled calf, gilt floral design in center of
cover with gilt fillet borders, banded, gilt in compartments, title
on label, edges speckled. Spines worn at ends, some wear to hinges
and extremities; small piece torn off blank border of last leaf of
volume II. Small ink notations on front pastedowns. Overall, a very
good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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Le Petit (1546-1615) protestant chronicler, was born at Bethune. He fled, after his conversion from Catholicism, to Holland where he served William Ist, Prince of Orange. By 1598 he was living in Aix-la-Chapelle where he wrote his "Grande Chronicle" and dedicated it to the Estates-General of the United Provinces. This is his most important work, "En revanche la valeur historique du 2e vol., qui embrasse la periode de 1556-1600, est incontestable; il contient, ˆ cote d'extraits de plusieurs auteurs anterieurs, beaucoup de details et de particularites qu'on chercherait vainement ailleurs." Biblioteca Belgica, Ser.1;vol. 14.
STCN 00002. Simoni,BL Dutch 17th,L77. Graesse IV,169. Brunet III,991 "Cet ouvrage est aujourd'hui assez rare." Bibil. Belgica L60.
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