Sale 2521 - Lot 15
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BERTRAND, NICOLAS. Opus de Tholosano[rum] Gestis ab Urbe Condita. Title in red and black within wide woodcut border depicting the King presiding over the parliament of Toulouse, repeated on O6v; large woodcut historiated initials showing man reading on +5v and arms of Toulouse on A1r, both repeated on O4r; large woodcut view of Toulouse above colophon on P4v; woodcut arms of Toulouse above caption Gesta tholosano[rum] on verso of last leaf; woodcut decorated initials throughout. , 90,  leaves, with +4.5 folded backwards and F2 and F3 transposed. Folio, 259x194 mm, 19th-century 1/4 sheep, spine partly discolored, cover edges rubbed; occasional marginal foxing and soiling, repaired clean tear in +3, conspicuous stains in upper outer corner of A1 and upper portion of N6 through P1, last 2 leaves rehinged with P4 reinforced along fore edge on recto. Later 19th-century bookplate by Stern with monogram SSD(?) within garter; ownership inscription of C. R. dated Toulouse 1873 on slip tipped to front endpaper; sold as lot 606 in the sale of the Broxbourne Library at Sotheby's London, 9 May 1978. (Toulouse: Jean Grandjean, 14 July 1515)
first edition of a history of Toulouse from its legendary founding in antiquity to the author's time, including the earliest known view of the city. Brun, page 121; Fairfax Murray/French 542; Harvard/Mortimer-French 55.