Strassburg, J. Rihel and W.C. Glaser 1628-1631.
Two volumes in one. 8vo. [xl], 452, , [2 blank]p. and [ii blank], [xiv], 163p. Titles in etched architectural frames.
Contemporary vellum over stiff boards (soiled), overlapping edges, later manuscript spine title.
First Complete Edition. Oral tradition lies just below the surface of this collection of aphorisms, anecdotes and word play. It presents the wit of emperors, popes and princes as well as of mathematicians, printers and astronomers from the 9th to the 17th century. In the “anonymous” section, pithy wisdom, a good time and the common man carry the day. Zinkgref conjured a high literary language to bind the nation politically and culturally. The first volume originally appeared in 1626 (this page-for-page reprint has a new 2000-entry subject index). The second volume is the first printing. In good condition (scattered foxing and light stains), signature on the title dated 1751, early manuscript annotations, bookplate of de Guinzbourg.
¶Dünnhaupt, Personalbibliographien…des Barock VI: 4357,1.2; Moll, Sprichwörter-Bibliographie 3740; VD17 3:000970B.