THE HISTORICAL COMPENDIUM OF JOHANNES LAETUS, 1643 FIRST EDITION
LAETUS, Johannes. Compendium Historiæ Universalis Civilis & Ecclesiasticæ. Leyden: Franciscum Hegerum, 1643. Thick 12mo, contemporary full vellum, ink manuscript title on spine. $850.
First edition of the 17th-century historian Johannes Laetus’ principal work, with engraved allegorical title page, in contemporary vellum.
The engraved allegorical title page depicts “Pietas” and “Eruditio” waiting on the queen, “Historia.” Text in Latin. Bookplate.
Vellum separating slightly from pastedowns. Text generally clean. Extremely good condition.