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[Gustav Thormod] Legis-Glückselig - Illustrierte Chronik von Böhmen - 1853/1854

[Gustav Thormod] Legis-Glückselig - Illustrierte Chronik von Böhmen - 1853/1854

[Gustav Thormod] LEGIS-GLÜCKSELIG, Hg.: ILLUSTRIRTE CHRONIK VON BÖHMEN. A historical national work. Containing the entire treasure of patriotic traditions (...) Ed. by an association of patriotic scholars and artists. 2 volumes. With 75 (40+ 35) lithographic plates after pen-and-ink drawings, 2 of which hand-coloured and 11 folded, and 26 woodcuts in text. Prague: Druck und Verlag der C. Vettel’schen Buchdruckerei, Franke und Steyrer (Joh. Sandtner) 1853/54.

8°. [2 ll. (front, title page)], VI, 730 [6 (reg., illus.)] pp. Lithograph, woodcut and letterpress on thin white machine paper, in contemporary cardboard with gilt title on leather label.

The only edition of this richly illustrated monumental work on the history of Bohemia.

Content: The monumental work was edited by a collective of authors led by the Prague historian Gustav Thormod (or Thormud) Legis-Glückselig (1806-67), a student of Dobrowsky: „In den Jahren 1852-1856 redigierte er die inhaltreiche, das Volk zur geschichtlichen Lektüre anzuregen bestimmte „Illustrirte Chronik von Böhmen“, von welcher 24 Hefte herauskamen.“ (Wurzbach). Der Titel verspricht „National- und Lokal-Sagen, Historien und Legenden, politische, religiöse und culturhistorische Denkwürdigkeiten, Schilderungen des Hof,- Ritter-, Kloster-, Städte- und Volkslebens, der Kriegsführung und Kunstübung der Vorzeit u.s.w in Verbindung mit den Kirchen-Alterthümern, Gnadenbildern, Baudenkmälern, Monumenten, Kunstschätzen und Curiositäten des böhmischen Landes und Volkes, namentlich der Hauptstadt Prag.“ – Im Anhang beider Bände findet sich jeweils ein „Chronologisch-systematisches Hauptregister“ und ein Abbildungsverzeichnis.

Condition: The lithographic plate no. 36 ("Das (romanische) Kreuzkirchlein zu Prag") listed in the list of illustrations in vol. 2, which is missing here, was probably not included. This is at least what the two available digitised copies of the Austrian National Library and the University of Illinois Library suggest, in which this plate is also missing; only the corresponding text is available. The list of illustrations in vol. 2 also mentions 2 "premiums" (supplements), which are also missing from all the copies used for comparison.

One folding plate in vol. 2 with marginal tears, corners, edges and spine expertly restored, coloured plates of vol. 1 with small damaged spot, otherwise very well preserved set of the work printed on high-quality white machine paper, without foxing, the colours of the two hand-coloured plates fresh, the lithographs accurate and clean.

Rarity: As of the cut-off date of 18 June 2022, no other copy of the same kind will be offered for sale.

Literature: Wurzbach 14 (1865), Ss. 307-11; Eymers Pseudonymenlexikon, S. 109.

Object Book
Number of Books 2
Subject History, Illustrated, War history
Author/ Illustrator [Gustav Thormod] Legis-Glückselig
Book Title Illustrierte Chronik von Böhmen
Condition Very good
Publication year oldest item 1853
Publication year youngest item 1854
Edition 1st Edition
Language German
Original language Yes
Publisher C. Vettel’schen Buchdruckerei, Franke und Steyrer (Joh. Sandtner)
Binding/ Material Hardback
Number of pages 746
Dimensions 28×16 cm
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