1674 Gottfried Historical Chronica Creation Persia ROME Merian Illustrated War

GOTTFRIED, Johann Ludwig

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Johann Ludwig Gottfried was an early 17th-century German theologian and author. He is most remembered for his monumental work ‘Historical Chronical.’ While he also edited and paraphrased important works such as Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses,’ ‘Chronicle’ was by far his most extensive and time consuming piece. In fact, each portion was so popular at release that the work was continued beyond Gottfried’s death by Abelin.

 

‘Chronica’ was the most comprehensive book of world events which included human history fused with ancient myths which were encompassed within the timeline of the Bible. Gottfried sought to combine pagan histories with holy and divine histories and did so beginning with Creation, touching on important kingdoms – Assyria, Persia, Macedonia, and Rome.

 

The introduction by Gottfried himself states how his intention was to distinguish history from stories:

“Because in all histories, sacred and secular, the accurate and specific listing of dates and years is very important, without which histories are as if lifeless and become like fables…thus I have sought to do my best in this matter so that readers may know properly in which year each story took place.” (Varwig 2)

 

This work is beautifully illustrated with incredible plates by Merian, which the Gentleman’s Magazine refers to as ‘the most remarkable transactions in the world.’ Illustrations include Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden, battle scenes with self-mutilation and suicide, a city view of Ostend, varieties of birds from around the world, and a map of the known world.

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1674 Gottfried Historical Chronica Creation Persia ROME Merian Illustrated War

 

Johann Ludwig Gottfried was an early 17th-century German theologian and author. He is most remembered for his monumental work ‘Historical Chronical.’ While he also edited and paraphrased important works such as Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses,’ ‘Chronicle’ was by far his most extensive and time consuming piece. In fact, each portion was so popular at release that the work was continued beyond Gottfried’s death by Abelin.

 

‘Chronica’ was the most comprehensive book of world events which included human history fused with ancient myths which were encompassed within the timeline of the Bible. Gottfried sought to combine pagan histories with holy and divine histories and did so beginning with Creation, touching on important kingdoms – Assyria, Persia, Macedonia, and Rome.

 

The introduction by Gottfried himself states how his intention was to distinguish history from stories:

“Because in all histories, sacred and secular, the accurate and specific listing of dates and years is very important, without which histories are as if lifeless and become like fables…thus I have sought to do my best in this matter so that readers may know properly in which year each story took place.” (Varwig 2)

 

This work is beautifully illustrated with incredible plates by Merian, which the Gentleman’s Magazine refers to as ‘the most remarkable transactions in the world.’ Illustrations include Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden, battle scenes with self-mutilation and suicide, a city view of Ostend, varieties of birds from around the world, and a map of the known world.

 

Item number: #2155

Price: $1950

 

GOTTFRIED, Johann Ludwig

       

Joh. Ludov. Gottfridi Historische Chronica, Oder Beschreibung der Fürnemsten Geschichten/ so sich von Anfang der Welt/ biß auff das Jahr Christi 1619. zugetragen. : Nach Außtheilung der vier Monarchien/ und beygefügter Jahr-Rechnung/ auffs fleissigste in Ordnung gebracht/ vermehret/ und in acht Theil abgetheilet/ Mit viel schönen Contrafaicturen/ und Geschichtmässigen Kupffer-Stücken/ zur Lust und Anweisung der Historien/ gezieret/ an Tag gegeben/ und verlegt Durch Weiland Matthaeum Merianum Seel. Jetzo dessen Erben

 

Franckfurt am Main : Matth. Merianum, 1674.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [38], 1185,
    • Illustrated with HUNDREDS of engravings
  • References: VD17; Varwig, Histories of Schutz; Gentleman’s Magazine, 178, no. 447.
    • VD17 – 3 variants [VD17 7:704483M ; VD17 14:659708Z ; VD17 3:606941D]
  • Language: German
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Size: ~13in X 8.75in X 4in (33cm x 22cm x 10cm)

 

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2155

Categories

Military & War

European History

Authors

GOTTFRIED, Johann Ludwig

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

German

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete