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Eytzinger, Michael von.  Relationis historicae continuatio. Zuwissen was wunderbärliche geden[n]ckwierdige seltzame sachen oder geschichte sich zugetragen ... biss auf den 19. tag Septemb. 1589. So wol in Franckreich und Engellandt als im Niderlandt Ertzstifft Cölln Westphalen Teütschlandt Poln Hungern und Böheimb: auch andersswo gleich in Italien Hispanien und durch gantz Europa noch weitter verlauffen. Cölln: bey Godtfridt von Kempen, 1589. 4to (19.8 cm, 7.8"). [8], 118 (i.e., 116) pp.
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Rare and early precursor to modern newspapers: Catholic Michael von Eytzinger (a.k.a., Aitzing, Eyzinger, or Eitzing, 1530–98), an Austrian nobleman, scholar, and creator of the genealogical numbering system Ahnentafel (also known as the Eytzinger Method), first began his Relatio historica, which is => considered to be the first printed historiographical periodical, in 1580. The present example, organized chronologically with an index organized by month, covers European events from the start of 1589 through September 19th of the same year, and mainly focuses on the various religious wars related to the Reformation, political gossip, and the adventures of Dutch commander Maartin Schenck van Nydeggen. The work also contains a => full-page elegy for notable printer Christopher Plantin.
        The text is printed on inexpensive paper in single columns using black letter with some roman type, begins with a decorative initial, and ends with a tailpiece. Copies of any issue in this ephemeral series are rather uncommon, with searches of OCLC, COPAC, and NUC revealing only one copy of this edition held by a U.S. institution.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.

VD16 E4794; Index Aurel., XVI, 496. Not in Adams. On Eytzinger (under Aitzing), see: Neue Deutsche Biographie (online). Modern gray paper–covered boards and new endpapers, booklabel as above. Mostly moderate age-toning with the occasional spot offsetting to surrounding leaves; one gathering with waterstaining. Three misnumbered pages. => Exceptionally interesting ephemeral survival.  (38891)   Please RESHELVE This.


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