Cologne:: [Johannes Soter], 1520.. � Folio. [-]8, a8, b-z6, A-S6 [S6, blank].  ff. Fine woodcut title page, index; some old marginalia, some pinhole worming (more prominent at rear). Modern half morocco, five raised bands, title-label. Minor damp stains in rear inner margin, paper in clean crisp condition. FIRST EDITION. Albert Krantz (1448-1517), born in Hamburg. He was an historian, doctor of divinity, canon law, professor of philosophy and divinity at the University of Rostock and later Dean of the chapter in the Cathedral of Hamburg. He was famous for his prudence and his intellectual abilities. He worked on reforms but did not have sympathy for Huss or Wycliffe. He wrote several famous historical works on northern history on the Saxons, Danes, Swedes, Vandals etc. �� for the period in which they were written are characterized by exceptional impartiality and research.� � Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed. With Martin Luther�s Ninety-five Theses, he was in general sympathy, but with the reformer�s later attitude he was not in agreement. On his death-bed he is said to have exclaimed: �Brother, Brother, go into thy cell and say, God have mercy upon me!� Krantz died December 7th, 1517. Principal among his works are: Chronica regnorum aquilonarium Daniae, Sneciae, et Noruagiae (Strassburg, 1546); Vandalia, sive Historia de Vandalorum jerq origine, etc. (Cologne, 1518); Saxonia (1520); Metropolis, sive Historia de ecclesiis sub Carolo Magno in Saxonia (Basel, 1548). REFERENCES: Adams C2884; BM STC (Germ.) 477; Proctor 10600. See: Ulrich Andermann, Albert Krantz. Science and historiography to 1500, Weimar 1999; Harald Boll Buck, Historical and spatial models at Albert Krantz (around 1448-1517) and David Chytraeus (1530-1600), (2006); Manfred Grobecker, Studies on the history of Albert Krantz, Hamburg, 1964; Heinrich Reincke, �Albert Krantz as a historical researcher and historian,� In: Commemorative of the Hamburg University honorary Rector Lord Mayor Werner von Melle offered on his 80th birthday on 18 October 1933. Hamburg (1933), pp. 111-147; Nicolaus Wilckens, Leben des beruhmten D. Alberti Crantzii, Hamburg: Felginer, 1722. (Inventory #: LV2025)
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