Annalium Et Historiae Francorum Ab anno Christi DCCVIII. ad ann. DCCCCXC. Scriptores Coætanei XII. Pierre PITHOU, , .
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Annalium Et Historiae Francorum Ab anno Christi DCCVIII. ad ann. DCCCCXC. Scriptores Coætanei XII.

Paris, C. Chappelet 1588.

Two parts in one volume. 8vo. [xii], 311 [r. 320]p. and 487, [77]p.

Contemporary gilt-ruled ivory vellum (soiled), gilt central oval wreath, flat spine gilt, manuscript spine titles (one faded), slightly overlapping edges, evidence of four pigskin ties, all edges gilt.

EDITIONES PRINCIPES of nearly all two dozen medieval texts, edited by Pithou using his own manuscripts. He marked lacunae and noted where he had compared his manuscript with other early exemplars for clarity or completeness, and his recensions became the standard for nearly all these works. The interest and importance of two can stand for the whole. An eyewitness of and active participant in the events he relates, Abbo of St. Germain describes in verse the Viking siege of Paris from November 885 to the autumn of 886. His dedication to his fellow defender, Jocelin Gozlin, Bishop of Paris, is famous for the author’s confession that he read Virgil’s Eclogues to overcome his compositional inexperience. He also takes up metrical considerations and the use of glosses. The only non-historical text, THE ECSTATIC VISIONS OF 10TH-CENTURY ST. FLOTILDA (I: 78-86) was omitted from later printings. A good copy (some light browning).
Repertorium fontium historiae Medii Aevi I: 562; Potthast, Bibliotheca historica medii ævi CXXII et infra (the individual works); Molinier, Les Sources de l’histoire de France des origines aux guerres d’Italie 748 (Theganus), 750 (Nithard), 934 (Flotilda), 958 (forger Adémar de Chabannes), 1374 (Odorannus), 2533 (Vita Lud.), 2534 (Vita Phil.), etc.; see Manitius’ Geschichte der lateinischen Literatur des Mittelalters I: 585-8 (for Abbo).

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