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The most important expanded edition of the famous “Divisiekroniek”,
the Dutch national chronicle, complete with the map of Holland in its first state

[AURELIUS, Cornelius and Ellert de VEER].
Die cronycke van Hollant, Zeelant ende Vrieslant. Dordrecht, Peeter Verhaghen, 1591, 1591, 1590. 3 volumes bound as 1. Small folio (30.5 x 20.5 cm). With 3 title-pages, each with a different woodcut full-length portrait (the first count of Holland Dirck I, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and King Philip II of Spain), 1 double-page engraved map of Holland in part 2 (in its first state), and 36 woodcut portraits in text. Blind-tooled vellum (ca. 1740?).
€ 6,500
One of the four issues (differing only in the imprint) of the third major revision and extension of the famous Dutch national chronicle, known as the "Divisiekroniek", the first edition to include the important continuations by Ellert de Veer (to the year 1591), along with the double-page engraved map of Holland, drawn and engraved for the present edition (so here in its first state) by Jan Pieterszoon Saenredam, but often lacking. The work is beautifully illustrated with 36 woodcut full-length portraits in the text, depicting the counts of Holland and their coats of arms.
The Christian humanist scholar and Augustinian monk Cornelius Aurelius lived with Erasmus in Paris in 1497-1498, working in his shadow. His chronicle serves as a foundation for the historiography of the Northern Netherlands and he imbued it with an unequivocal patriotism. His new division of Holland's history into the early "Batavian" period, the medieval history of the county of Holland, and contemporary Burgundian-Habsburg history (to 1517), and his critical research into the sources, gave the inhabitants of the Northern Netherlands a new collective historical identity, providing the beginnings of a national consciousness. His work marks the start of the Renaissance historiography of the Northern Netherlands.
With owner’s inscriptions. With a small tear in leaf 230 of vol. 2 and leaf 56 of vol. 3, and margins of the first leaves and the map a bit frayed (not affecting the text or map image), but still in good condition. The front hinge has been repaired and the back hinge is cracked, but the binding is otherwise good. A foundational work for Dutch historiography.
Moes & Burger III, pp. 243-247; K. Tilmans, Historiography and humanism in Holland in the age of Erasmus: Aurelius and the Divisiekroniek of 1517 (1992); Typ. Batava 2994 & 2436; for the map: Blonk, Hollandia Comitatus 20 (2 copies).
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