De Frisiorum antiquitate et origine libri tres
Cologne, House of Birckmann, 1590
First edition of this history of the Northern Netherlands, relying on traditional accounts of the origin and identity of the Frisians to prove the ancient autonomy of the region, and justify thereby its independence from the dominant province of Holland. On the title-page and again on the upper cover of our copy, Suffridus Petrus has written presentation inscriptions to Gregor Tengnagel, a lawyer born at Louvain about 1555, who was then employed as a judge of the imperial court in Speyer. Gregor’s books were inherited by his brother Philipp and afterwards passed through the Helfenstein library into the Fürstenberg library at Donaueschingen.