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    Welser's First German Edition of his
    Great History of Augsburg

    Marcus Welser (Velser). Chronica der Weitberuempten Keyserlichen Ereyen und dess K. Reichs Statt Augspurg in Schwaben... [Bound with:] Antiqua Monumenta: Das ist Alte Bilder Gemahlde unnd Schrifften so wol deren so zu Augspurg... Frankfurt: Heirs of Christian Egenolff, 1595. The first German edition of this encyclopedic history of Augsburg. Two folio volumes in one. Approximately 12 x 7.5 inches. )(-2)(4, A-3M4,[2]A-S4, a-n4, m6. [16], 110, 282, 141; 97 pages.[Lacks three blanks, as usual]. Numerous cuts in the text, many of coins and medals; the second volume has text cuts of various antiquities; first title-page in red and black, printer's device. Contemporary full vellum, ink titles on spine. Minor worming at end, not affecting text, paper evenly toned. A very good copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    The first volume is divided into three sections. The first tells of the Roman occupation. The second through the mediaeval period in which it was ruled by Bishops. The third, recounts the naming of the city as an imperial free city and the events surrounding the reign of Charles V to the year 1576.

    The second work describes and illustrates the Roman antiquities either found in Augsburg or having formerly belonged to that city.

    The history of Augsburg is one of great merchant families, humanists, and art patrons. The Fuggers, the Baumgartner, Rhelingers, and Peutingers are all from Augsburg.

    Welser was from a family second only to the Fuggers in wealth. He studied classics in Rome and became proficient in Latin and Italian. He entered government service and eventually became mayor. He was a generous patron of the arts. The work was first published by Aldus, in Latin, in 1591.

    VD 16 W1894. Adams V361&2. BM STC(German) 886. Ebert 23961 (note). Graesse VI,pt II,275.

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