Title: Les Chroniques et Annales de France des l'origine des Francoys, et Leur Venue es Gaules. Faictes jadis briefvement par Nicole Gilles Secretaire du Roy jusqu'au Roy Charles huictieme, & depuis continuees par Denis Sauvage, jusqu'au Roy Francois second, 1573
Author: Nicole Gilles; Denis Sauvage
Publisher: A Paris, Chez Gabriel Buon, au Cloz Bruneau, a lenseigne sainct Claude
A late 16th century edition of Gilles’ Chronicles and Annals of France, going back from the old Kingdoms of France and the Gauls. Gilles wrote these chronicles until the reign of Charles VIII, which was then continued by Denis Sauvage until Francois II. de Belleforest continued them until Charles IX.
Gilles was controller of the royal treasury under Charles VIII, and one of the last chroniclers.
There are 57 woodcut portraits of the various Kings of France, with 5 family trees including 2 with portraits. The lacking leaf 98 is where a 6th family tree would have been present for the line of Hugh Capet, first king from the House of Capet. The verso would have contained a portrait and page for Capet.
One volume in folio, 536+(26) leaves
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with rubbing and wear to the boards, with a large chunk lacking at the front board’s upper corner, and a large strip lacking to the head of the spine. There is cracking to the front hinge, and some to the rear, though the boards hold strong. Both blanks are lacking, as is leaf 98, and there is a small hole to leaf 469 with a slight loss of text. There is minor damp staining and general staining throughout.