1699 1st ed Melis Stoke Rijmkronijk Murder of Floris V First Dutch Language Book

Melis Stoke Cornelis van Alkemade

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A highly desirable 17th-century account of the murder of Count Floris V of Holland. It also happens to be one of the first books every written in the Dutch language!

Melis Stoke (c. 1235 – c. 1305) was a Dutch writer who lived in the 13th century. His most famous work was the Rijmkroniek, the chronicle in rhyme, among the first books written in the Dutch language. In it is the account of the murder of count Floris V.

 

Floris V (1254 – 1296) reigned as Count of Holland and Zeeland from 1256 until 1296. His life was documented in detail in the Rijmkroniek by Melis Stoke, his chronicler. He is credited with a mostly peaceful reign, modernizing administration, policies beneficial to trade, generally acting in the interests of his peasants at the expense of nobility, and reclaiming land from the sea. His dramatic murder, engineered by King Edward I of England and Guy, Count of Flanders, made him a hero in Holland.

Cornelis van Alkemade (1654 – 1737) was a Dutch historian and collector of manuscripts and antiquities.

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1699 1st ed Melis Stoke Rijmkronijk Murder of Floris V First Dutch Language Book

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A highly desirable 17th-century account of the murder of Count Floris V of Holland. It also happens to be one of the first books every written in the Dutch language!

Melis Stoke (c. 1235 – c. 1305) was a Dutch writer who lived in the 13th century. His most famous work was the Rijmkroniek, the chronicle in rhyme, among the first books written in the Dutch language. In it is the account of the murder of count Floris V.

 

Floris V (1254 – 1296) reigned as Count of Holland and Zeeland from 1256 until 1296. His life was documented in detail in the Rijmkroniek by Melis Stoke, his chronicler. He is credited with a mostly peaceful reign, modernizing administration, policies beneficial to trade, generally acting in the interests of his peasants at the expense of nobility, and reclaiming land from the sea. His dramatic murder, engineered by King Edward I of England and Guy, Count of Flanders, made him a hero in Holland.

Cornelis van Alkemade (1654 – 1737) was a Dutch historian and collector of manuscripts and antiquities.

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Main author: Melis Stoke; Cornelis van Alkemade

Title: Hollandse jaar-boeken of rijm-kronijk van Melis Stoke : behelsende de geschiedenissen des lands, onder de princen van het eerste huis, tot den jare 1305 : met de afbeeldingen van alle de Hollandse graven, geschetst naar de aaloude schilderyen der Karmeliten te Haarlem : nevens …. Tussen Graaf Floris de V, en de Hollandse Edelen, van Gerard van Velsen : alles met noodige uitleggingen opgehelderd door Cornelis van Alkemade

Published: Leyden : Johannes du Vivie en Isaak Severinus, 1699.

Language: Dutch

Notes & contents:

  • 1st edition
  • Collated: [6]-23-[3]-2-263-[3-60]
  • 35 incredible full-page illustrations (one double-page)

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Wear: wear as seen in photos

Binding: tight and secure leather binding

Pages: complete with all 23 + 263 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Leyden : Johannes du Vivie en Isaak Severinus, 1699.

Size: ~14in X 9in (36.5cm x 23.5cm)

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Melis Stoke (c. 1235 – c. 1305) was a Dutch writer who lived in the 13th century.

Biography[edit]

Melis Stoke was probably born in the Dutch province of Zeeland around 1235. He died somewhere around 1305. He started writing in 1290 in Middle Dutch a chronicle in rhyme on the countship of Holland. His most famous work was the Rijmkroniek, the chronicle in rhyme, among the first books written in the Dutch language. In it is the account of the murder of count Floris V. Stoke found his information from written sources, eyewitness accounts and his own observations.

Melis Stoke was a clerk in Floris V’s service. He probably learned to read and write in a monastery. Sources do not mention whether Stoke was a monk himself. There is evidence he had been in the service of the city of Dordrecht.

Category

European History

Authors

Melis Stoke Cornelis van Alkemade

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Other

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete