FORESTI, Jacopo Filippo, da Bergamo
Novissime Hystoriarum Omnium Repercussiones, Noviter ... Editae
Venice: A. Vercellenius, 1503. Folio. 452, leaves. Titlepage with contemporary hand colouring. Contemporary underlining and annotations throughout. Minor soiling and foxing, sometimes trimmed closely with loss to marginalia.
Medieval vellum manuscript over boards, rebacked at an early date with vellum, manuscript spine label
Very early references to Columbus: a scarce, very early Americanum with notable illustrations.
An important, illustrated history of the world, containing in this edition some of the earliest published references to Columbus' voyage and the discovery of the New World. First published in 1486, this is the fifth illustrated edition to be published in Italy, but the first to contain any of the Columbus references. The original text, tracing world history from Adam, was written by Philip of Bergamo (1434-1520) and later brought up to date by other hands. The Columbian references, which occur on leaves 441-42, describe briefly the first voyage of Columbus and the lands he discovered for Spain. It places this work among the handful of texts to describe the discovery of the New World in the first decade after Columbus' return and the publication of his Letter in 1493. Besides the New World references, this work is a magnificent example of Italian woodcut printing, with four impressive full-page woodcuts of the Creation, Expulsion from Eden, the death of Abel, and the Tower of Babel. There are also ninety-five smaller woodcuts of city views, forty-seven of which are repetitions, but with larger views of Verona, Genoa, Rome, Milan, and Venice. Some of the blocks were used in earlier printings, but the four large cuts are unique to this edition.
European Americana 503/2; Mortimer 195; Sabin 25083; Harrisse Additions 11; JCB (3)I:36; Procter 12387; Adams F748.