BIBLIOGRAFIE CESKÉ HISTORIE
by Zíbrt, Cenek
First edition. A five-volume bibliography of Czech history, published in Prague between 1900 and 1912 (Besterman 1555). Despite the series strangely trailing off at the end of the seventeenth-century (perhaps because of the complicated historical and political circumstances in the Czech Republic at the beginning of the last century), it purports to present a fairly complete bibliography of Czech history for the years represented. Volume one contains general citations on a variety of topics, including printers and booksellers. Volume two contains citations on Czech history for the period leading up to the year 1419, when an age of religious upheaval and conflict with the Hussites was inaugurated with the death of King Wenceslaus IV. Volume three treats the years 1419-1600, an era that saw various foreign kings ruling, the introduction of the Hapsburg dynasty and continued religious controversy/schism with Catholic and Utraquist rites, breaking inexplicably before the end of the rule of Rudolf II in 1611. Volume four deals with the period from 1600 to 1632, when four different Hapsburgs held the throne and when important historical events like the Defenestration of Prague and the Battle of the White Mountain punctuated intense periods of debate, machination, and intrigue. Volume five, the last produced, contains the years 1632-1679, with one portion specifically devoted to Johannes Comenius, the seventeenth-century Czech scholar. Volumes three through five were originally issued in individual parts, covered in stiff paper wrappers, as is evidenced by their pagination, and were subsequently bound together. The content in those volumes is not treated as one monolithic unit, but broken down into smaller subdivisions, as noted on the original stiff paper wrappers bound into the later cloth. Volumes one and two have slice in cloth spine. Dark discoloration on lower right corners of pages of the five volumes. Ex-library set with markings.