Annales et Historiae de rebus Belgicis.

Amsterdam, J. Blaeu, 1657.

Folio, pp. [12], 569, [22], printer’s device on title and fine engraved portrait of Grotius; in a contemporary French binding of calf gilt for Denis de Sallo (see below), with his large arms in the centre of covers and his cipher in each of the four corners, gilt panelled spine tooled to an all-over pattern of lance-heads (Sallo’s device), sprinkled edges.


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First edition of the great jurists’ Annals of the Low Countries, his one work of history.

A very handsome copy, from the library of Denis de Sallo (1626-69), the erudite magistrate of the parlement of Paris who founded Le Journal des Savants, the first literary and scientific periodical in France.

For his arms and cipher, see Olivier, pl.1535.

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