Groningen, Netherlands: Gerhard Ketel, Typographi ordinarii, 1605.
First edition. 191, pp. plus a number of inserted blank interleaves; 56pp. plus several blank interleaves, two bearing contemporary manuscript notes continuing work to 1613. Numerous setting errors in the pagination, but sequence complete. 1 vols. 8vo. Contemporary calf, tooled in gilt, gilt gauffered edges. Initials "D.D.R." and date of "1607" stamped on both boards, within gilt frame with corner ornaments and a central oval with internal floral devices. Extremities and joints rubbed, front joint worn but sound, vestiges of absent ties at fore-edge, modern bookplate on front pastedown, a few side notes in the latter work slightly shaved at foremargin by binder, early ink ownership inscription on rear pastedown, ink note of acquisition/provenance on front free endsheet ("Lot 203. Sotheby's Gallery 1892 E.H. Laurence Library") Nijhoff /Van Hattum 89. Willemse, 46 (supplement). OCLC 64181920. Item #254241
An attractive copy of this work on the history of the Frisian territories by German historian and geographer Ubbo Emmius (1547 - 1625). From East Frisia himself, Emmius wrote several works concerning the history of that coastal area, and a number of his titles appeared under the Elzevier's imprints in coming years.
The first work is noted as the second book printed in Gronigen (the first being another work by Emmius printed in 1603) and one must assume the second work is also close in that sequence, particularly as it often appears bound with a number of the copies of the former title reported in OCLC. A rough and inadequate transcription of the ownership inscription on the rear pastedown suggests the original owner may have been "D.D. Doct. Daüide Robertüm”; a witty Latin couplet adorns the first blank along with two later ownership signatures. A beautiful book in a decorative contemporary binding, in near original condition.
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