Paris, Henri Estienne, 1518. 4to. 22 x 16 cm. [xx] + 173 leaves (misnumbered 1-172, 175). Largely printed in red and black, title within attractive woodcut border with arms of the University of Paris flanked by two putti at head, criblé initials.
Old full vellum, lightly worn and soiled, spine darkened, title-page cut around central motif and laid down. An attractive copy.
The work is famous i.a. for its reference to the invention of printing (under the year 1457 Mattia Palmieri records “Guntenberg's” invention of printing in 1440), and for several passages of American interest: e. g., under the year 150 Multivallis has devoted considerable space to an account of the arrival of seven savages at Rouen: these are generally agreed to be American Indians - although there is some doubt whether they were from Brazil or Canada.