First Edition of HUND, WIGULEUS' Metropolis Salisburgensis
Item Number: 76088
Ingolstadt: David Sartor, 1582.
First edition of this important work on Bavaria and northern Italy, covering the history of churches and monasteries in that region including Freising, Regensburg, Passau and Brixen. Adams H-1161. Folio, bound in contemporary vellum using a manuscript leaf, 168 leaves. Woodcut vignette on title. In excellent condition with some soiling and browning.
Born in 1514, Bavarian historian and statesman Wiguleus Hund played an important role in the development of Bavarian policy throughout the mid 14th century, particularly in the establishment of the Landsberger Bund in 1556 which created a covenant between Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria, King Ferdinand Archduke of Austria, and the archbishopric of Salzburg. Early in his career as a historian, Hund discovered an early copy of the medieval hero epic Nibelungenlied, or Pruenner Codex, at the castle Prunn in Altmühltal which would later be regarded as the national epic of the Germans. Hund published several works on the history of Bavarian nobility later in his career including Metropolis Salisburgensis and Bayrisch Stammen-Books I-III.