Single leaf from "La Mer des Hystoires" 1488
Pierre La Rouge
* fl. 1478 † after 1492 in Paris
Woodcut. Size of sheet: 35.5 x 28 cm.
50 lines of text in double column. The two anonymous woodcuts are each 16 lines in length 9.4 x 7.3 cm. (See Arnim, Schäfer294). This leaf comes from the original Paris edition of 1488.
Literature: C 3991; BMC VIII, 109; Goff R-346; CIBN R-221; Claudin I, 458-71.
One of the rarest and most extensively illustrated French incunables. It is a French adaptation of Rudimentum novitiorum, an abridged history of the world, first published at Lübeck in 1475. La Mer des Hystoires was first published in Paris: Pierre Le Rouge, July 1488.
A fine leaf from the original first edition of one of the most important early French Icunabula.