Calvinist and mystical outline of the Testaments grouped into lunar and solar cycles, 1616
Wenzel BUDOWETZ VON BUDOWA: CIRCULVS HOROLOGI LUNARIS ET SOLARIS. With 24, mostly full-page emblematic woodcut illustrations. Hanoviae [Hanau]: Wechsel for Aubry 1616.
Wenzel (Wenceslaus) Wilhelm, Freiherr BUDOWETZ VON BUDOWA [Václav BUDOVEC Z BUDOVA]: CIRCULVS HOROLOGI LUNARIS ET SOLARIS, Hoc est, brevissima synopsis, historica, typica et mystica; variisfiguris & emblematis illustrata: (…) With 24, mostly full-page emblematic woodcut illustrations, numerous illustrated woodcut initials and chapter lines, as well as printer’s woodcut device on title page. Hanoviae [Hanau]: Wechsel for Aubry 1616.
4to (23:16,5 cm). Signatures: *4, **4, A-LL4, M1. , 274 pages. 19th century quarter vellum over cardboards, with gilt spine title on black, covered with blind-stamped paper in red, multicolour marbled end papers.
First edition of this major work of Bohemian noble Wenzel Budowetz von Budow (1547-1621), who here presented a mystical outline of the Old and New Testaments, grouping pre-Christian events into lunar and solar cycles.
Contents, Illustration: Due to his involvement as leader of the protestant nobles against catholic emperor Rudolf II., Budowetz, a Calvinist who had studied in Wittenberg, was finally beheaded in Prague in 1621.
Enclosed a copper engraving with a portrait of Budowetz from 1774 by Johann Balzer, tipped-on cardboard.
Condition: Printed date on title page with hand-written correction to „1618“, title page with some pencil remarks. Contemporary owner’s remarks with black ink on 2nd fly leaf verso. Time-stained throughout and in parts foxy, in parts also water-stained at margins on pages 15, 16, 27 and 28., apart from this in solid condition; also with black ink some drawn marginalia.
Rarity: ABPC (1973ff.), Drouot Digital, JBP/JAP (1906ff.) and LotSearch record 7 copies only at auction (2016, 2012 (like present copy with corrected printing date on title page), 2003 (H. P. Krauss copy), 1997, 1966, 1931, 1930).
References: VD17 3:008498; Houzeau-L. 13058; Landwehr, German Books V, 158; Graesse I, 565; Zedler IV, 916 (for the 1618 ed.); Zinner S. 72; Sturm, Biographisches Lexikon zur Geschichte der böhmischen Länder, vol. 1 (1979), p. 162 (Budowetz).