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PUFENDORF, SAMUEL VON. De rebus a Carolo Gustavo Sveciae rege gestis commentariorum libri septem... Norimbergae (Nürnberg) (Christopher Riegel) 1696.
Folio (355x230 mm). (10, including engraved frontispiece), (5), 6-626, (2), 3-53, (9, lacks last leaf "Informatio pro bibliopegis" with plate index) pp. Engraved frontispiece, title with engraved vignette, 12 engraved portraits, 115 engraved plates (of which 17 are folding, including the funeral plate joined together, which gives 127 plates in all (complete, 1 plate browned, a few with folds, minor foxing or spotting, some plates with some mostly marginal dampstaining), engraved vignettes in text.
Contemporary brown full calf, worn and rubbed, richly gilt spine in seven compartments, red title label, split in upper joint, some minor worming, label slightly damaged, speckled edges. Signature of the former owner "Frebenÿ Ferdinandi comitiis Fürstenbergii" on the flyleaf. Some mostly marginal foxing or spotting, 1 page with repaired tear to margin, 1 small repair to corner.
Collijn 743. First edition.
A second Latin edition was published in 1729 and a German and a French edition was published in 1697.
The writing of this official history of the Swedish wars with Poland and Denmark from 1655 to 1660 was entrusted by king Charles XI to Samuel Pufendorf, a German historian and expert on international law, who held the first chair of history at the new university of Lund (1668-1676) and was the official Historiographer of the Realm from 1676 until 1689. (Sten G. Lindberg: Swedish Books 1280-1967.)
Provenance: The Fürstenberg library. Ferbeny Ferdinand, prince of Fürstenberg. The Furstenberg princes at Donaueschingen in southern Germany.