Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 13 September 1483. Second Edition. After the undated first edition printed in Milan ca. 1475 and the first edition to mention Gutenberg as the inventor of printing (his third mention in print overall). Small quarto (223 x 158 mm).  leaves including the three blank leaves (pi12, a1, and x10). The first twelve leaves containing the Tabula bound at the end of this copy. Roman and gothic lettering. Thirty four and forty one lines, double columns. Printed in red and black. Two large and fourteen smaller white on black woodcut floriated initials.
Late 18th century half calf over marbled boards. Spine decoratively tooled in gilt and blind with raised bands, edges stained red, marbled endpapers. Joints neatly repaired. Paper flaw to upper margin of leaf s1, not affecting text. Very minor foxing and staining. A few early ink marginalia. Two bookplates of Otto Orren Fisher on front pastedown. Overall an excellent copy. Housed in quarter brown morocco clamshell.
A cleric of the 4th century, Eusebius was the author of several religious works that have survived to give him lasting fame. The Chronicon stands among them as one of "the ancient world's first systematic universal history" (Bedrosian). Translated into Latin by a later cleric of fame, St. Jerome, the Chronicon became keystone reading for Catholics interested in learning about the intersection of Roman and ecclesiastical history. "[The Chronicon] became the primary available source of information on dates and events from the time of its composition until the end of the middle ages. Jerome's work, though itself a translation into Latin of the Chronicle of Eusebius of Caesaria, was brought up to date. It was through Jerome that the work came to be so influential" (Pearse). Continuations by Prosper of Aquitaine (to 448), Matteo Palmieri of Florence (to 1448), and Matteo Palmieri of Pisa (to 1481).
BMC V, 287. Goff E-117. GW 9433. Hain *6717. Proctor 4390. (Item #2417)