21st April 2015
WOLFFHART, Conrad (1518-1561). Prodigiorum ac ostentorum chronicon. Basel: Heinrich Petri, [n.d. but August 1557]. First edition, folio (285 x 200mm.) Large woodcut on title, numerous woodcuts in the text, including repeats, several by H.R. Manuel Deutsch and David Kandel. (Lacking C2, C3, I2, I5, T3, EE5, FF2, GG1, II5 KK5, KK6, LL1, LL4, LL5, LL6; title and following 27 leaves restored with loss, some other leaves with damage, particularly to the outer margins). Disbound within the remnants of a contemporary binding of blindstamped calf over wooden boards (worn). Note: an extensively illustrated and encylopaedic anthology of curiosities and natural wonders, including prodigies, portents, monsters, and comets (including Halley's comet). A German translation was published the same year. Adams W-250.
Hammer price: £480
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