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  1. 45.0001
    850,00 €
    Aπολλώνιου του Ροδίου [Apolonii Rhodii]: Αργοναυτικών Βίβλοι 4 [Argonauticorum Carmine Heroico Libri IV], Basiliae Hencipetri 1572. Fourth edition in Greek, small in 4to, complete [32], 509p., [1], all text only in Greek, 18th century vellum over boards, slightly rubbed, top of spine chipped, internally clean and bright, very good. Apollonius, an ancient Greek author of the 3rd century BC was the head of the famous library of Alexandria of Egypt. His famous Argonautica story is among the very first travel accounts ever compiled. Based on Homeric poem style and mixing mythological stories with ancient Greek real travel accounts towards the Black Sea and the Caucasus, the Argonautica presents a very typical example of an original ancient Greek travel account. The Golden Fleece story remains a milestone of primitive traveling and modern research has revealed a substantial amount of valuable information on it. Jason traveled towards the Euxine Sea and his periplous in the unknown Pontic areas and Colchida influenced many generations of travelers. The Greek text has been edited by Valentin Rotmar for this edition and was highly praised. A 16th century scarce and fine edition of a primitive travel account.
  2. 45.0002
    780,00 €
    Letronne M.: Fragments des poemes Geographiques de Scymnus de Chio, et du faux Dicearque restitues d après un manuscript de la Bibliotheque Royale…, observations critiques sur ces fragments, sur Skylax, Marcien d Heraclee, Isidore de Harax, le stadiasme de Mediterranee… petits Geographes Grecs. Paris 1840. First critical edition of all the small Greek ancient geographers (Geographi Graeci Minoris). In 8vo, 22x13cm, contemporary leather over boards, complete: half title, title, [15] 443p, text clean and bright, overall in very good condition. Although some first fragments of ancient Greek geographers have been published since 16th century, as the peripli of Arrianus and Hannon, later a fragment attributed then at Marcianus of Heraclia and after at Scymnus of Chios, a fragment of Dicearchus and the periplus of Skylax, the effort for a critical edition of several ancient Greek small geographical treatises continue over the centuries without big success. Little by little more fragments had appeared as a periplus of Mediterranean and two anonymous peripli of the Euxine. The discovery in early 19th century of a new manuscript with many fragments of ancient Greek geographers, some unknown, made Letronne, a famous French Hellenist to prepare a first complete critical edition of all the survived fragments of ancient geographers. First part of the book is the critical presentation of the several works. Chapter one, a hundred pages deal with the geographical parts [big and small) then still attributed to Scymnus of Chio (sometime later, in 19th century, Maenecke will prove that these fragments cannot be of Scymnos and will remain since then known as Pseudo-Scymnos fragments). The second chapter deals with the fragments of Dicearchus, the third analyzes the famous periplous of Scylax. The fourth presents a deep analysis of the periplous of Marcianus of Heraclia and Letronne published after for first time new fragments, found in the newly discovered manuscript, as well as a complete version of the Mediterranean periplous (σταδιασμός Μεσογείου). The second part of the book consists of the publication of the original Greek text of all fragments and its Latin translation. The reconstitution and scientific critical examination of the puzzle of ancient Greek geographers took centuries, with continuous additions of new discoveries. First edition of some fragments of ancient Greek geographers and first critical edition of all the survived texts of the small ancient Greek geographers. Very rare early scientific publication
  3. 45.0003
    2.800,00 €
    ΔΙΟΔΩΡΟΣ ΣΙΚΕΛΟΣ [Diodorus Siculus]: Ιστοριών Βιβλία τινά τα ευρισκόμενα [Historiarum libri aliquot qui extant], Basiliae Oporinus, 1539. EDITIO PRINCEPS. First edition of any part of Diodorus History in its original GREEK. Although a small part of the introduction of Diodorus history has been published in Latin at the end of 15th century, the original Greek text has been edited by Vincentius Kock and printed for the first time in this edition, as it has been discovered in early 16th century. It includes the entire section of Alexander the Great expedition first published. The expedition of Alexander is one of the first comprehensive travel accounts in human History and contains invaluable information for several parts of the Levant. Other smaller parts of Diodorus history were discovered later, up to the 18th century, still a substantial part is missing. The prefatory note is a hymn on the blessing of the art of printing. Preface and opening poem in Latin, all text only in Greek. In 4to, 23x15cm, [12], 481p., [1], complete. Woodcut ornamental initials beginning each book, few old annotations, bound in early 19th century polished calf gilt, flat spine gilt, blue edges, a very good copy, this copy sold at Sothebys in 1977. Adams D468, Griechischer Geist aus Basler Pressen 243.
  4. 45.0004
    900,00 €
    Στράβωνος [Strabonis]: Γεωγραφικών Βίβλοι επτά και δέκα [Rerum Geographicarum Libri Septen Deca], Paris 1620. Third edition in Greek of the most famous work of ancient Geography. In FOLIO, 37x24cm. Full contemporary vellum, covers with rich blinded decoration, upper joint and hinge weak. Complete: half title, fine allegorical engraved frontis, engraved title in red and black, introduction, 843p. (text) index, 282p. (the commentary by Cabouson). Internally very clean, some marginalia by contemporary hand in Greek. Parallel text in original Greek and Latin translation. A very good copy. The best edition of Strabo published before the 19th century. The text has been edited by Isaac Cabouson, one of the best Greek scholar of the time who had completely reworked the text, based in 4 different, newly discovered then, manuscripts and wrote the extensive commentaries. It remained the standard fine edition of Strabo for more than two centuries. Brunet remarked in 19th century that was still highly estimated for its beauty and its correction. Strabo Geographia, composed in the 2th century AC and describing the whole then known world, it is the earliest world geography ever compiled. A fine edition of a monumental classical Geography of Greece and the Levant.
  5. 45.0005
    380,00 €
    Αρριανού (Arrianus): Τέχνη Τακτική, Έκταξις κατά Αλανών, Περίπλους Πόντου Ευξείνου Περίπλους Ερυθράς Θαλάσσης, Κυνηγετικός. Arriani Ars Tactica, Acies contra Alanos, Ponti Euxini Periplus, Periplus Maris Erythrae, Epicteti…, Amstelodami 1683. Second edition of all the works of Arrianus with Greek original and Latin translation, in 8vo 19x12cm, contemporary full leather rubbed, head of spine chipped, upper joint weak but holding, three engraved plates (folded big engraved map of Red Sea, with a tear), 450p. continuous pagination [4], text clean and bright, overall in good condition. Although Arrianus works had been published since the 15th century, this edition is only the second of all of his works in the original Greek with Latin translations. Of particular importance are the two Peripli. The tours of the Black and Red Seas. Very early travel accounts for the Levant with precious information for the population, cities and monuments of the Roman era around the Euxine Sea and along the coast of Red Sea. Arrianos was a Roman governor in Trebisond (Trapezounta, Trabzon) and knew very well the Black Sea. His invaluable account was for many centuries the major source for these areas. Even Tournefort, in the early 18th century, did not have any other reliable source to read before his travels towards Black Sea than Arrianus Periplus of Pontus Euxinus.
  6. 45.0006
    680,00 €
    Ammianus Marcellinus: “Rerum Gestarum libri XVIII”. Leyden 1693. An important edition by Gronovius, richly illustrated. In 4o 24x20cm, contemporary full leather covers richly decorated, but binding rubbed, spine cracked and opened, upper cover detached, internally fine. Complete, portrait, engraved additional title, 17 full page or folding copper engraved plates (one in the text), [67] 724p. [22], overall good condition. Ammianus Marcellinus (330-c. 395) was an early Byzantine military officer who wrote a comprehensive history, only the section covering the period 353-378 survives. He provides, on top of the description of the historical events, several travel accounts and remarks of the author, for the Levant. His accuracy had been praised by Gibbon. He travelled in 364 in Greece and Egypt and provided eyewitness accounts for the devastation in Alexandria by the tsunami caused by the catastrophic eruption of the volcano of Santorini the same year. Following year, in a mission from Constantinople to Italy, he reports that around Methoni, ships were still visible in the hills… His work includes many valuable testimonies for 4th century Greece and the Levant, additionally this 17th century edition contains fine views of the Levant, made by the best Dutch artists, including a UNIQUE contemporary 17th century view of Nicaea (Iznik) in Anatolia, published only in this edition and certainly drawn on the spot. Very rare!
  7. 45.0007
    1.800,00 €
    Notitia Dignitatum, Notitia Dignitatum Imperii Romani cum Orientis tum Occidentis ultra Arcadii Honorri tempora... Lugduni 1608. Third edition, but this one very richly illustrated. Folio 34x23cm, 17th century leather over boards rubbed, joints split, upper cover almost detached, covers tired. Complete: engraved devices on titles, 222p., 35p. [10], hundreds of woodcut ornamental vignettes and initials and one hundred three (103) (approx. 15x15cm or 15x10cm each) woodcut illustrations depicting views, costumes, maps, personification of cities and provinces, battles etc, text clean and bright, overall very good. The famous Notitia Dignitatum, in this rare edition so richly illustrated, is a fundamental geographical source of the late Roman Empire. Other works are included in this publication as the very important 4th century anonymous work: Descriptio Orbis Constantinopolitani, our unique source for the original appearance of 4th century Constantinople, the Descriptio Illyrici Provinciarum, a rare geographical work for Greece and the Balkans, as well as the Descriptio Orbis Romae. The Notitia Dignitatum is a very extent Roman official document which describes all the administrative organization of the early Byzantine Empire of late 4th-early 5th century, covering the East and most of the west part of the Empire. It describes provincial governments, diplomatic missions, army units and stations as well as thousands offices. Therefore, it is a unique geographical and historical source. All these superb woodcuts recreate the sumptuous environment of the Roman original manuscript. EXTREMELY RARE
  8. 45.0008
    1.700,00 €
    ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΟΥ ΤΟΥ ΞΑΝΘΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ [Νicephori Callisti Filii Xanthopuli]: ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣΤΙΚΗΣ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑΣ ΒΙΒΛΙΑ ΙΗ [Ecclesiasticae Historiare Libri XVIII, Lutetiae Parisiorum 1630. EDITIO PRINCEPS of the last important Ecclesiastical History of Byzantine times and a unique source for the early traveling to the Levant. Impressive Folio 37x25cm, 2 volumes. Text in original Greek with parallel Latin translation, contemporary full vellum with fine stamped decoration on covers in very good condition, complete: half title, title in red and black [6], 809p., [40] and half title and title in red and black (for the second volume) 888p. [38]. Text clean and bright, very few marginal stain in first few introduction pages, overall in fine condition. Nikiphoros Xanthopoulos (1256-1325) has written an extensive history up to the 7th century, covering the initial Byzantine period. For the first three centuries follow mostly other previous historians. But from the 4th century relies obviously to unknown actually sources and his account is unique. The most important fact in his history is that it incorporates all the important early pilgrimages towards the Holy Land, being the first travels to the Levant, starting with Constantine’s mother Elena who traveled in early 4th century and established the pilgrimage tradition. Xanthopoulos describes the travels of Saint Basil in several places of Asia Minor and of Saint Eudocia travel, during 5th century towards the Holy Land. Historia Ecclesiastica of Xanthopoulos is the first edition for many of those travels. Eudocia was a Byzantine Empress married to Theodosius II who went from Constantinople to Jerusalem in 438-439, returning with many relics. Her activities during her travel are recorded in details (pp. 40, 348 etc Vol. 1) in Historia Ecclesiastica, as numerous other travels during 5th and 6th centuries in the Levant, as of Pulcheria to Chalcedon (Χαλκηδόνα), of St Eucherius (440), of Saint Symeon etc. The Historia of Xanthopoulos is an invaluable source for the early traveling to the Levant. Monumental rare work in its first edition.
  9. 45.0009
    420,00 €
    ---Procopii Caesariensis: Ανέκδοτα seu Historia Arcana. Helmestad 1654. Second edition, in 4o 20x17cm, contemporary vellum over boards slightly rubbed, manuscript title on spine, complete [103p.] 304p., [26p.], 171p., Greek original and Latin translation side by side, extensive scholia in Latin, paper slightly browned, overall very good condition. Procopius (c. 500-after 565) was a prominent Byzantine scholar, he is commonly classified as the last major historian of the ancient world. His Secret History (Ανέκδοτα) deals with 6th century Byzantine history and society. The work claims to expose the secret springs of the Byzantine ruling class. It is highly praised today as a major source. It was discovered only in early 17th century in the Vatican Library and firstly published in 1623 by Nicolaus Alamanni. In this second edition, extensive notes of 371p. had been added by Heichel, a famous professor of ancient Greek at Helmestad. Very early edition of one of the most famous works of Byzantine legacy. The discovery of Procopius secret history manuscript and its publication changed a lot the understanding of Byzantine middle 6th century society and history.
  10. 45.0010
    1.200,00 €
    Constantini Porphyrogeniti Imperatoris Opera in quibus Tactica -De Thematibus- Novellae, Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden) Elzeviriana 1617. First edition for the Tactica, second for the De Thematibus and the Novellae. In 8vo, 18x13cm, contemporary full vellum in fine condition, old stamp of Halle gymnasium on title, 58p., [4], 307p., a fine copy overall. Tactica text only in the original Greek. The rest, Greek text and Latin translations. Extensive notes in Latin. Very early editions of several works of Konstantinos Porphyrogenetus, edited by the famous Meursius (van Meurs 1579-1639), the best classical scholar of his time, who dreamed to create a new Athens in Leiden. The Tactica is a byzantine military treaty of the 10th century, full with valuable information. The Thematibus (Περί Θεμάτων) is the detailed description of the administrative structure of Byzantium in 10th century, it is a unique source for the history of geography of the Balkans and Asia Minor, as it described cities and places otherwise unknown. Precious for the medieval Greek toponyms of Anatolia. It is one of the very few contemporary medieval detailed geographical descriptions of the Levant.
  11. 45.0011
    850,00 €
    Ιωάννη του Ξιφιλίνου: Εκ του Δίωνος του Νικαέως Ρωμαικών Ιστοριών Επιτομή, Lutetiae [Paris] Ex Biblioteca Regia, 1555. EDITIO PRINCEPS in the original Greek. First edition, text only in Greek, of the famous epitome of History of Dion, prepared by Ioannis Xiphilinos, by order of the Byzantine Emperor Michail Doukas. Tall in 4to, complete, 357p. [1], 19th century leather over boards, marginal waterstain in the last few pages, text clean and bright. Printed with the fine Greek letters prepared in Paris in 1540 by Garamond under special order of Francois 1st, the famous Greek of the King, a masterpiece of Greek printing with fine ornamental decoration. Xiphilinos lived in Constantinople in late 11th century and was the nephew of the Patriarch with the same name. The copy of the full version of Dion, which Xiphilinos worked on, was already mutilated and the full story has been finally lost since. But the epitome is very valuable as preserving the chief incidents of a long period of Roman history, including several travel accounts from many Roman embassies and other events and is still our only source for the last twenty books of Dion. The rediscovery of almost forgotten manuscripts and the choice of events from the Roman past was a crucial moment of the Macedonian Renaissance. Xiphilinos work characterized this period during which Byzantine Greeks (called among themselves just Romans/Romaioi) rediscovered and emphasized their glorious Roman past. Xiphilinos sometimes altered or emended the original version of Dion. The epitome of events from the past long history was not done by chance, but followed the principles of contemporary Byzantine ideology of Roman glorious ancestry. The work is full of information for Asia Minor, Dion was from Bythinia and Xiphilinos from Pontos. Mortimer I 170, Schreiber 108. Rare!
  12. 45.0012
    2.200,00 €
    ΙΩΑΝΝΗ ΣΚΥΛΙΤΖΗ [Ioanne Curopalate Scillizzae]: ΣΥΝΟΨΙΣ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΩΝ [HISTORIARUM COMPEDIUM], Venezia 1570. First edition of the famous Byzantine history of Ioannis Skylitzis. In Folio 31x23cm, contemporary 16th century fine full vellum very slightly soiled, in fine condition for its age, splendid manuscript title on spine, text clean and bright, marbled edges, complete: title with fine woodcut device [18] 152 numbered sheets (double pages Folio), a very good set. An impressive work. Skylitzis (c. 1040-after 1101) was a Byzantine court official of the 11th century (he had the high rank of Kouropalates), his history covers the crucial mid Byzantine period, from 867 to 1057 and make references to several events not present in many other sources, especially for the period of early 11th century. As he had written for events before his own time, he felt free to describe the reality, as it was still in memories and stories outside the main stream. The discovery and publication of his manuscript in mid 16th century was a decisive moment for the better understanding of medieval Greek history. Still today, contemporary historians rely heavily in his history. In mid 16th century, Byzantine history was completely unknown to western Europe. Giovanni Gabio who edited the text was a pioneer. The discovery of Byzantine millennium history and reach civilization took centuries, the publication of Skylitzis work was among the very first steps. Extremely rare first edition of a monumental work in luxury Folio size.
  13. 45.0013
    1.400,00 €
    ΙΩΑΝΝΗ ΚΙΝΝΑΜΟΥ Βασιλικού Γραμματικού [Ioannis Cinnami]: Επιτομή των κατορθωμάτων τω μακαρίτη Βασιλεί Ιωάννη τω Κομνηνώ, και αφήγησις των πραχθέντων τω αοίδιμω υιώ αυτού κύριω Μανουήλ… [De Rebus Gestis Imperat. Constantinop. Ioannis et Manuelis Comnenorum Libri IV], Trajecti ad Rhenum, 1652. EDITIO PRINCEPS of the famous Byzantine History of Ioannis Kinnamos. In 4to, 21x16cm, contemporary full vellum, slightly rubbed, spine end missing cover leather, one corner damaged, one joint slightly weak. Text in original Greek and parallel Latin translation. Complete: title in red and black [20], 356p. [33], text clean and bright, few marginal waterstain in first ten pages, a very good set. First edition of the substantial part of Kinnamos History. The two last books of his history had been discovered later. Kinnamos was the secretary to the emperor Manouel Komninos whom he accompanied on his campaigns in the Balkans and Asia Minor. Outside the pure historical part which is of the outmost importance as an Imperial secretary for the described events, his testimony is a precious eyewitness account for several places and monuments, especially in Anatolia. Kinnamos travelled with the Emperor in those places and had privileged access in several information. Many Greek cities, villages, churches, names of rivers and mountains have been preserved thanks to his writings, as the following Turkish conquest and the subsequent completely change of the human landscape of Asia Minor left few traces of its rich medieval Greek past. Its history is also a unique early, medieval travel account in the Levant. An impressive first-hand Byzantine history of 12th century coupled with fundamental information for the historical geography, economy and population of 12th century Anatolia. Atabey 249, not in Blackmer.
  14. 45.0014
    780,00 €
    Niceta Acominato da Chone [Νικήτα Χωνιάτη], Zonara [Ιωάννη Ζωναρά], Haithone, parente del Re d Armenia [Χετούμ]: Historia degli Imperatori Greci-Gli Annali degli Imperatori di Constantinopoli - Historia de parti dell Oriente, Venetia Valgrisi 1562. Superb collection of three early accounts for the Levant. In 4to 22x17cm, contemporary full vellum, slightly rubbed and soiled, one corner damaged, text generally clean, some occasional scattered spotting in few pages, complete: title with fine woodcut device [54], 279p., very good condition overall. First edition in Italian of Choniatis History, enriched with Zonaras account for the earlier events in Byzantium, before the chronological start of Choniates, as Kinnamos precious history was still not discovered up to middle 17th century. The presentation of 12th and early 13th centuries history of the East is completed with the first publication in Italian of an extremely precious source, the Armenian history of Hayton of Corycus, (Hetoum). An invaluable account written by a resident of Armenian Cilicia and describing in details the events in Asia Minor. Besides the primordial importance of Choniates history, for the understanding of events, Hetoum provides precious details for Anatolia where he had extensively travelled during 13th century, a time of profound change in its ethnological shape. As Turkish sources do not exist for this early period, the Armenian accounts are practically the only available to complete the Greek sources up to the 13th century. An invaluable 16th century early combination of three histories, containing several travel accounts descriptions of places, specially for Asia Minor.
  15. 45.0015
    1.200,00 €
    Νικήτα Χωνιάτου, του Λογοθέτου των Σεκρέτων και επί των Κρίσεων [Nicetae Acominati Choniatae Magni Logothetae]: Ιστορία αρχόμενη από της βασιλείας του βασιλέως κυρίου Ιωάννου του Κομνηνού… [Imperii Greci Historia], 1593. Second edition in Greek of the monumental history of Nikitas Choniates greatly improved after newly discovered manuscripts. In 4to, 25x17cm, contemporary full leather, slightly rubbed, one joint weak, isolated spotting in few pages, some contemporary marginalia, text clean and bright, complete: title [16], 699p., [28], [1], several ornamental woodcuts and initials, a very good set. Text in original Greek with parallel Latin translation. Niketas Choniates history is still essential for the understanding of the collapse of the Byzantine state in late 12th century. Nicetas, as a high rank imperial officer, was an internal eyewitness of all this process which ends with the capture of the imperial capital by the Crusaders in 1204. He served several emperors and was also present in the fall of the city, many monuments and place names are preserved only in his references. His history had been published relatively early in several languages, a proof of its importance, but in the original Greek it appeared in the second half of the 16th century. The Greek original revealed many places and names, especially in Anatolia which were, between Nikitas time up to the 16th century, completely altered. Nikitas was from Chonae (Χώνες, the actual Honaz), originated from Asia Minor and described details of events in Anatolia where he spent his youth, during twenty crucial years (1185-1204), a period of complete turmoil in Byzantium. A precious account, in its most precious critical 16th century edition. Adams N226, Schweiger I 213.
  16. 45.0016
    1.200,00 €
    Θεόδωρου Μετοχίτη [Metochites Theodoros]: Historiae Romanae [Ρωμαική Ιστορία], Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden] 1618. Together: Νικηφόρου του Γρηγορά [Nicephori Gregorae]: Μονωδία εις τον Μέγα Λογοθέτη Θεόδωρο τον Μετοχίτη [Oratio funebris in mortem magni Logothetae Theodori Metochitae]. EDITIO PRINCEPS of a substantial part of the Roman (early Byzantine) History of Michael Glykas (Mιχαήλ Γλυκάς), then attributed to Theodoros Metochitis (a Byzantine statesman of the 14th century), as the, newly then discovered, manuscript had his name in the second dedication work. Small in 4to 20x14cm, full contemporary vellum with light old small accident in one cover, parallel with, original Greek text and Latin translation, complete 103 numbered sheets of text (double pages), 22 pages commentary and 22 pages for the second work, also original text in Greek with parallel Latin translation. Text clean and bright, overall a very good set. Both texts in First edition. Metochitis was a Byzantine Prime Minister in early 14th century. It took a long time to discover that the Roman History attributed to him which was a text completely unknown up to then, was a part of the Βραχύ Χρονικό (a world chronicle), of another Byzantine History, by Michael Glykas, a Byzantine writer of the 12th century, still then unknown. The work of Glykas, which covered in total a period of Byzantine History up to 1118, is based in many previous historians, but presents a unique particularity, it has been written in a much more simple Greek language, not exactly the spoken language during the 12th century, but with many popular then expressions. The discovery of several parts of Glykas History took centuries, as his Βραχύ Χρονικό had not the prestige of the ancient Attic dialect, characteristic of the other Court Byzantine Historians. A very important text, both for the contained information, unknown from other sources, as for the precious testimonies of the linguistic evolutions of Greek in the Middle Ages. Hoffmann III 502, Krumbacher 384. Very rare work!
  17. 45.0017
    1.200,00 €
    Petri d Outremanni: Constantinopolis Belgica sive de rebus gestis a Baldvino et Henrico Imper. Constantinopolitanis… de excidio Graecorum, Tornaci (Tournai) 1643. First edition. In 4to, 21x16cm, contemporary full vellum slightly soiled. Impressive beautiful ex libris of Charles van Hulthem (1746-1832), the most important Belgian bibliophile of its time, his collection provided the first kernel of the actual Royal Library of Belgium. Text clean and bright, complete: title in red and black [22], 720p. [14], folded genealogical table, overall in almost fine condition. With the capture of Constantinople by the crusaders in 1204, the interest in western Europe for Greece and the Levant rise considerably. Detailed histories and travel accounts appeared describing the exotic lands of Byzantium, since early 13th century under foreign rule. Constantinople, according the title became a Belgian city !!, as the first Western Emperors were from Flandre, Belgium. The book is an early primordial source for the Fourth Crusade and the events in Greece that period. Describes the wanderings in the Levant of the Belgian counts Baldwin and Henry who became Emperors in Constantinople. A very valuable western testimony for the events and fine descriptions of places and people in Greece in early 13th century. Rare!
  18. 45.0018
    900,00 €
    Moncada: Expeditions des Catalans et des Aragonais contre les Turcs et les Grecs, Paris 1828. First edition in French and first edition in any other language, after the Spanish original. In 4vo 22x14cm. In the rare state with the contemporary publisher’s paper boards, slightly frayed at edges, uncut with ample margins, text clean and bright, 424p., complete, a very good copy. Montaner 14th century manuscript travel account compiled by Moncana later, is a primordial source for events in Greece and Asia Minor in early 14th century and provides fine topographical, economic, ethnological and historical first-hand information. The Catalane Company, a mercenary army had been hired by the Byzantines to fight the Turks in Asia Minor. After their initial successes, they had requested their payment, but the Byzantines were short of money and they had executed their leaders. The Spanish mercenary army rebelled, pillaged Thrace and Macedonia and finally, after 6 years of wandering around Greece, they arrived in South Greece, crashed the local French knights at Orhomenos (1311) and the Aragonese had established a realm in Athens up to the late 14th century. Their continuing travelling around Greece those years has been meticulous recorded in this famous travel account. Extremely rare edition.
  19. 45.0019
    900,00 €
    Boucicault J.: Histoire de la vie et des actions memorable de Jean le Maigre, dit Boucicault, marechal de France, contenant les explois qui l a fait aux environs de Constantinople. Cologne 1737. Second edition In 8o. 16x9cm. Complete, title in red and black [10], 283p. [8]. Contemporary full leather, slightly rubbed, inside some scattered light marginal waterstain, otherwise a very good copy. Jean Maigre, known as Boucicault (1366-1421) was a skilled French military leader who took part in Nicopolis battle (1396) against the Ottomans, he escaped captivity and had been sent with a small army of only 1. 200 men to assist the Byzantines against the Ottomans around Constantinople, in 1399-1401. He left vivid early accounts His exploits against the Ottomans made him famous and proved that a well-disciplined larger army could stop them. Boucicault travelled widely in the Levant, later in the service of Italian cities, visiting several places in Greece, during his campaigns. His narrative contains precious and unique information for the late medieval Levant. RARE - Not in Atabey or Blackmer.
  20. 45.0020
    1.500,00 €
    Μανουήλ του Παλαιολόγου [Manouelis Paleologi]: Προς τον ερασμιώτατον υιόν αυτού και βασιλέα Ιωάννη τον Παλαιολόγον [Praecepta educationis regiae Filli Ioanni], Basileae 1578. Together at the end: Belisarii: De educationis Principum. EDITIO PRINCEPS of the famous work and writings of Manouel Paleologos, one of the last Byzantine Emperors. In 8vo, contemporary full vellum slightly soiled, text clean and bright, complete: 451p. [16] for the writings of Manouel Palaiologos (continuous pagination), 224p. [12] for the last work of Belisarius (which is in second edition). A very good set. The Emperor Manouel Palaiologos (1350-1425) was the author of several works. He was so educated that he could easily discussed in debt all matters with the most educated people of his time. In the dialogues with a Persian, in Angyra (Ankara), where he was as auxiliary, practical a hostage of the Turkish Sultan, tried to understand the Islamic substructure of the continuous conquest of the Greek lands and the nature of Muslim ideology. He testified the ruinous situation of Anatolia after the Turkish conquest. His writings is a unique testimony for late medieval Asia Minor. In Paris and London, where he was the only Emperor who paid State visits, impressed the local professors for his deep knowledge of Ancient Greek writers. The advises to his own son and successor Ioanni Palaiologo is a mature work on governance of an Empire in deep crisis. It represents the last phase of the medieval Greek statehood, completely pressed under two huge dangers, the Ottoman continuous conquest and the western commercial dominance. Pope Francis in 2006 used a fragment of Manuel work and provoked reactions in Muslim world. The nature of Turkish threat with a Muslim cloak was well understood by Manuel and is omnipresent in his writings. Some letters in this work deal specifically with this matter. Extremely rare early edition, published in a period that the Ottoman threat was very present for Europe and Manouel writings were still contemporary. First edition of Manuel Palaiologos works.
  21. 45.0021
    2.800,00 €
    Λαόνικος Χαλκοκονδύλης [Laonic Chalcondile Athenien]: L Histoire de la decadence de l Empire Grec et establissement de celuy des Turcs…, avec la continuation de la meme histoire depuis la ruine du Peloponese jusque a present 1632 et des considerations sur celle, Paris 1632. Third edition, but the best with all the illustrations which were absent in the first edition and with the continuation up to 1632. Royal Folio 38x26cm, contemporary full leather rubbed at edges, joints started and hinges weak (heavy book), text clean with few scattered spotting in some pages, several mispaginations but complete: [16], 1015p., [29], 289p., [3] 4p., 5-128p., [2] 65p., 66-114, [4], engraved title closely trimmed as usually, the famous double page beautiful original bird eye view of Constantinople by Iaspar with a light inoffensive small tear in the fold, double page view of a battle formation and one hundred five (105) copper engravings. The chronicle itself is illustrated by 23 portraits of rulers. The beautiful sixty (60) big copper engraved costumes of the Levant were originally designed in Constantinople in mid 16th century. These costumes collection is the earliest corpus of printed representations of Greek dresses from several places of Greece as from Thrace, Macedonia, Chios, Pera of Constantinople, of Greek merchants, nobles, villagers etc. A unique ensemble. Chalcocondyles extensive history describes the period 1298-1460s and provides a unique account for the steady fall of Byzantium and the rise of Turks in the area. The history continues up to 1632 with additions from other contemporary historians with result a huge work. It is very richly illustrated with one hundred eight (108!!!) engravings in total, portraits, costumes, views and several other engravings including the beautiful original panorama of Constantinople. A landmark work for the Levant. Atabey 214, Not in Blackmer, Navari 138.
  22. 45.0022
    580,00 €
    Reinhard / Angiolello: “Essai sur J. M. Angiolello (1451-1525)”. Angers 1913. First complete edition of Angiolello travel accounts. In 4to 25x16cm. Original paper covers with extremely light spotting, almost invisible, 235p., complete, text clean and bright, in fine condition. Angiolello had been captured by the Turks at the fall of Negreponte (Halkida) in 1470. He entered Ottoman service and remained in the Levant up to 1483 when he returned to Vicenza. He did another voyage to the Levant in early 16th century. His travel accounts and notes remained largely manuscript, only a few part of them had appeared in earlier collections of travels. Reinhard did his PHD study on Angiolello and this book is his Thesis, published in extremely small print run. Angiolello provides unique and detailed accounts for 15th century Greece, after his capture at Halkida they moved him to Thiva, in July 1470 and after to Athens. He crossed Greece in autumn 1470 and we are able to follow his steps day by day. Livadia, Salino, Modenitza, Zitun, Niopatra [Ypati], Damocho, Larisso, Kitro, Salonichi, Lesseres, Chavalla, Gumuldjina, Dimotica, after several other cities visited in Eastern Thrace he arrived in Constantinople. He left a lengthy account for the monuments of Constantinople just a few years after the capture of the city. He mentioned several monasteries, decorative Columns and buildings, destroyed now. His invaluable account is one of our best sources for the identification of several monuments in Constantinople. The Thesis of Reinhard deals also with every aspect of his life. Extremely Rare, scientific critical edition of Angiolello travel account.
  23. 45.0023
    780,00 €
    Torkington R.: “Ye oldest diarie of Englysshe Travell being the hitherto unpublished narrative of the pilgrimage of Sir Richard Torkington to Jerusalem in 1517”. London [1883]. First edition. In 12o 15x12cm, modern hard cover preserving original paper covers slightly restored at the edges, internally brilliant, overall very good. Richard Torkingthon, an English priest and pilgrim visited the Levant in 1517. He reached Zakynthos early summer 1517 and was very impressed by the Venetian navy, present all along the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. He had briefly visited Methoni, Cerigo and Crete during his travel to Holy Land where he arrived in middle July 1517. He stayed there for just two weeks visiting the main pilgrimage places where he focused his descriptions. His return to England was more troubled that his outward passage. He stayed in Cyprus for more than a month. The 25th of September 1517 arrived in Rhodes, which was still in a possession of the Knights and stayed there up to middle November, he went to Milos where he stayed six weeks before reaching Kefalonia in early 1518 where he also stayed a month. After one other full month in Kerkyra he returned via Rome. His very early travel account is an important source of information for the Mediterranean travelling during the early 16th century. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection. Extremely rare!
  24. 45.0024
    1.600,00 €
    Bianco N: Viaggio da Venezia al Santo Sepulchro e al monte Sinai, piu copiosamente descritto de li altri con desegni de paesi e chiesie…, Bassano 1781. Later rare edition of one of the earliest and most popular early 16th century travel account in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 8vo, 20x13cm, contemporary beautiful Italian paper covers with flowers decoration, spine slightly rubbed, text and woodcuts clear and bright, complete 139p., very richly illustrated with ninety-eight (98) woodcuts in the text, depicting several places in Eastern Mediterranean, mainly in the Holy Land, but also in Greece, Syria, Egypt, Sina, mostly places and churches, but also local people, animals etc. It has been originally published with beautiful woodcut double page contemporary views of several Greek towns (Corfou, Methoni, Iraklion, Rhodes etc), the only accurate Renaissance views of Greek towns from eyewitness. The splendid views remained the same in the following editions and were highly praised for several centuries. Bianco visited Rhodes, the Holy Land, Cyprus, Crete and Corfou during his trip in 1527. His narrative became a classic of traveling in the Levant up to the 18th century.
  25. 45.0025
    1.800,00 €
    Cambini A. “Commentario de Andrea Cambini Fiorentino della origine de Turchi et Imperio della Casa Ottomanna”, Venetia 1540. Third edition (first in 1529). Contemporary 16th century vellum slightly rubbed and rebaked. Complete 72p. In 8vo 16x11cm, overall clear and fine. Cambini (c. 1450-1527) was an Italian humanist and writer. This very early work for the Ottoman Empire, which was published after his death, includes several valuable primary sources of information for the fall of Constantinople, based on the testimonies of survivors. Cambini openly praised the Ottoman’s organization and behavior and provide a comprehensive contemporary account of the rise of the Ottomans and the fall of Byzantium. Atabey states: an important work. RARE! Atabey 186/186, Not in Blackmer.
  26. 45.0026
    2.800,00 €
    Ramberti B.: Delle Cose de Turchi libri tre. Delle quali si descrive nel primo il viaggio da Venetia a Constantinopoli con gli nomi de luoghi antichi et moderni, nel second la Porta cive lacorte de Soltan Soleyman, nel terzo il modo del reggere Stato Imperio. Venegia 1541. Second edition. Small 8vo 16x10cm complete, modern binding imitating Renaissance paper covers, very light marginal waterstain in few places, manuscript contemporary owner s inscription at the end, dated 1556. Overall intact and very good. Batholomeo Ramberti (1503-1547) travelled from Venice to Constantinople overland in early 1534. From Dalmatia, he crossed Bosnia and through Nissa entered Macedonia and Thrace. The 3rd of March 1534 arrived in Philippopoli (his spelling) where he describes actually lost monuments and four days later in Andrinopoli providing testimonies for several buildings of the city. Thought Silivrea arrived two weeks after in Constantinople giving accounts for the Hippodrome and its still standing monuments, the Palaces and several, still in Christian hands, Byzantine churches. Later part of the book provides his notes for the administrative organization of the contemporary Ottomans. A unique testimony. One of the earliest and more precious travel accounts for the Levant, especially taking into account its date and the overland journey. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Extremely rare and early account.
  27. 45.0027
    1.600,00 €
    Augerii Gislenii Busbequii: De Legationis Turcicae Epistolae IV… De Re Militari contra Turcam, Monaci [Munich] 1620. Third collected edition but the only illustrated. In 12, contemporary full leather restored, text clean and bright, first few pages restored at edges, otherwise fine, complete: engraved title, 541p., [52], five full page engravings (one more than Atabey copy which had only four) map of the Ottoman empire, view of Constantinople and three views of contemporary rulers, plus an engraved device at the end as called for, overall very good. Busbecq travelled to the Levant in mid 16th century, as ambassador of the emperor to the Porte. As he did not find Soliman in Constantinople, he continued his travel to Anatolia, up to Amassia. His important letters contain observations about the life in the Levant, an analysis of the Ottoman state and a full early travel account of the itinerary, in 1554-55 through the Balkans and Thrace to Constantinople (detailed description of the city) and specially from Constantinople to Asia Minor, a place rarely visited during the 16th century. He made reference of the Greek Karamanlides and provides unique testimony for the life in Anatolia and the way of travelling in the Levant. One of the most important 16th century travel accounts for the area, in the only illustrated edition. Atabey 171, Blackmer 250.
  28. 45.0028
    780,00 €
    Samuel Kiechel: Die Reisen des Samuel Kiechel aus drei handschriften…, Stuttgart 1866. First edition of an important and rare 16th century travel to the Levant. In 4to, 23x14cm, contemporary boards, manuscript title on spine (Reise nach Jerusalem), text clean and bright, complete 484p, in very good condition. Samuel Kiechel (1563-1619) has travelled to the Levant in 1586-89. He arrived from Venice in Zante in early October 1586 and continued to Monemvasia. Thanks to his meticulous account we can follow his steps. The first full half of November 1586 he was in Crete (arrived the 1st, left the 15th), after he visited Cyprus where he described the church of St Lazare in Larnaca. After almost two years in Palestine and Egypt, in September 1588 arrived in Rhodes and in early October in Cos. He continued to Chios, Mytilini and he spent a month in Constantinople. A detailed description of the city is provided. In early 1589 he visited Paros, Kimolos, Milos, again the Venetian Crete (Souda, Rethymno and Iraklio) where he spent two months this time, before returning back through Kithira, Mani (where he spent ten days) and the Ionian islands to Venice in summer. A very valuable detailed and lengthy account, full with precious information about the late 16th century Greece in first edition.
  29. 45.0029
    480,00 €
    [Russian edition] Vaclav Vratislav Mitrovic: [Adventures of Vaclav Vratislava to Constantinople, what he saw in the Turkish capital, description of a journey which began in 1591…] in Russian, St Petersburg Tip. Ministerstva putei soobshcheniia 1877. First edition in Russian, following the previous original Czech edition. Small in 8vo 17x12cm, original paperboards, covers missing, spine just holding, paper weak but text clean and bright, partly uncut, complete: title, 252p., in good only condition but an intact copy of a very rare account. Wratislaw Mitrowitz was a member of the Imperial embassy of 1591 to Constantinople under Friedrich von Krekwitz. He left Vienna and enter Ottoman Hungary in October. He remarked the many ruined churches in the Balkans. In Thrace, mid November, he stopped in Ormenio (in the actual Greek border) where he mentioned a Caravan Serai and a Mosque. In Andrinople he spent some days visiting the city s monuments. Detailed description of several cities in actual Eastern Thrace (Havsa, Bulgagium [Voulgarofigo], Pirgos, Karistra, Tzorlou, Silivria) before reaching Constantinople. He had some time to tour extensively the city but unfortunately hostilities had started at the borders and the diplomatic envoy had been imprisoned. He was sent for five years to be a galley slave. After he was freed, he wrote his famous account in 1599. The book was published centuries later and became the most read work of the Czech Renaissance during 19th century. A very vivid account of many aspects of the Ottoman Levant for someone who spent five years in the galleys as slave. An impressive very rare account.
  30. 45.0030
    1.500,00 €
    Sherley Antony: “Opmerkelyke Reystogten van der Heer Sherley gedaan in der Jare 1599 na Persien”. Leyden 1706 [together] Mildenhal J. /Cartwright J.: “Oostindise Voyagien in der Jaren 1599 en 1606 te water en te lande van Persien en den Grooten Mogol”. Cartwrights “Reyse van Aleppo na Hispahan in het Jaar 1599”. Leyden 1706 [together, at head]: Adams W.: ”Reys uyt Holland na Oost Indien Anno 1598”. Leyden 1706. Goes Benedictus: ”Reys door Tartaryen in Jaar 1598”. Leyden 1706. Davis Johan: “De Voyagien geddaan na Oost-Indien in de Jaren 1598 en 1604”. Leyden 1706. Smith Johan: “Avontuurlijke Reys in het Jaar 1593… in de Oorloge des Keysers tegen den Turk en de Tarters”. Leyden 1706. And two other late 16th century voyages of Berigt and Ralegh, Leyden 1706. In total 8 travel accounts, all separately printed, bound in one volume. First edition, richly illustrated with fine views. Eight (8) volumes bound in one. In 8vo 18x12cm, contemporary full vellum slightly soiled, 26p. [6]81p. and 3 plates, [8]64p. and 6 plates, [8]13p. [2]49p. and 3 plates [6]24p. and 2 plates [4]24p. and one plate, [2]41p. and 2 plates double page [4]53p. and 2 plates [6]. All the plates are double page copper engravings and depict fine views and scenes. The 19 plates probably had been drawn by skilled Dutch painters who had visited the places. All books in very good condition. Several of these early travels deal with the Levant. Davis visited Chios in 1598. Sherley had toured in Greece in summer 1598 in his way to Persia visiting Zante, Crete, Cyprus (Paphos and Salines) before passing to Anatolia. Mildenhall arrived in Zante the 24th of April 1599, he crossed the Aegean and visited Chios and Smyrna before his arrival in Constantinople the 29th of October. He spent 6 months in Constantinople before continuing his trip through Asia Minor to Persia in May 1600. Cartwright arrived in Crete and Rhodes in spring 1600. He continued through Cyprus to Aleppo by sea. He toured in summer 1600 in eastern Anatolia visiting Edessa (Urfa), Van and Tauris before reaching Mesopotamia and Persia. All these very early travel accounts provide unique and detailed information for many places of the Levant of late 16th century. Not in Atabey or Blackmer.
  31. 45.0031
    1.200,00 €
    Purchas Samuel: His Pilgrimage or Relations of the World and the religions observed in all ages… this first containeth a Geographical Historie of Asia, Africa… with briefe Descriptions of all Countries, Nations, States, Discoveries, London 1613. First edition, small Folio 28x19cm, modern nice full leather binding with gold decoration at covers, title page strengthen at right edge, text pages clean and bright, complete [12], 752p., [20]. A monumental work which opened the time of great discoveries and explorations. Samuel Purchas (1577-1626) recounted the sailings of several English expeditions around the world and commented upon the religions observed by these natives, he describes many countries and nations. It is an early encyclopedia of reports by travelers to foreign countries processed and blend with accurate historical data. The three first parts (almost three hundred pages) deal with the Levant with detailed presentation of the rise of Turkish power and the conquest of Greek areas. Early exhaustive description of the Ottoman State and its multinational population. Of particular importance is the chapter XV (of the regions and religions of Asia Minor since called Natolia and [now] Turkie). Purchas was one of the first who understood the huge ethnological alteration of Asia Minor peninsula, still recent at his time. Many information for the Levant have been taken from English travelers and merchants there, as Jon Newberry (1580), John Evesham (1587), John Sanderson (1590s) and others who visited the Ottoman countries in late 16th century. For some of them, their complete accounts will be published much later. The other sections, for the Far East, Africa and America, are also mostly based on first hand important early accounts of English travelers. An important work.
  32. 45.0032
    2.800,00 €
    Bernardino A.: Trattato delle Piante Immagini de Sacri Edifizi di Terra Sancta disegnate in Ierusalemme, Firenze 1620. Second edition, but the first magnificently illustrated. Folio 30x22cm, contemporary vellum, engraved title page within architectural border, complete with the thirty-four (34) Folio engraved plates, with the 46 (numbered 47) fine illustrations by the famous Jacques Callot (1592-1635, the best early 17th century French engraver). Inconsistent pagination, large printed device on verso of the last leaf dated 1619, marginal repairs, inner joints of some leaves strengthened, book plate of Jean Philibert, Peysson de Bacot at the front, and those of John and Michael Bury at the back. A unique book. Father Bernardino travelled and stayed several years in the Levant in late 16th century. The drawings of Bernardino, Father of the Church of Holy Sepulchre, working with the rules of perspective, introduced a new standard of naturalism and topographical veracity, for the sites of Holy Land and they are the very first of their kind, in all publications for the Levant. Many of the buildings now lost or completely changed, are described exactly, as they were still preserved, in late 16th century. A very influential book introducing naturalism in publications with engraved plates. Even Rembrandt owned a copy of this edition and borrowed from it, Bernardino s rendering of the temple of Jerusalem as a domed octagonal building. The first edition of this travel in the Levant and the Holy Land was printed in 1609, without plates. Jean Philibert, the ex-owner, was an ardent French 18th century bibliophile with a collection of 1750 books, dispersed in sale in 1779. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection. EXTREMELY RARE!
  33. 45.0033
    380,00 €
    Gontaut J.: “Ambassade en Turquie de Jean de Gontaut, Baron de Salignac de 1605 a 1610”. Paris 1889. First edition of Gontaut travel account in the Levant. In 4to 25x17cm, contemporary paper covers frayed at edges, 450p. complete, internally fine. Jean de Gontaut stayed 5 years in Constantinople and travelled widely around the Ottoman Empire in early 17th century, as French Ambassador. He provides very lengthy accounts for Constantinople and the monuments of the city still existed then, as well as the ceremonies of the Palace and the administrative and military structure of the Empire. His journal titled: “Journal de plusieurs choses memorables advenues a Constantinople es annees 1605 et autres suivants “had been written by Dangus resident of Constantinople and secretary of Gontaut. The invaluable manuscript has been fortunately saved. He had also visited several places in Greece and Anatolia. Of particular importance is his travel account to Asia Minor through Bursa to Amasya, as very few early accounts for that region exist. Very valuable and very rare, as published as in the serie Historique de la Gascogne, a scientific publication, where the manuscript had been discovered, in his home castle, in the 1880s.
  34. 45.0034
    1.400,00 €
    Baudier: Histoire du Serail et de la Cour du Grand Seigneur Empereur des Turcs, Paris 1624. First edition, in 4to 24x17cm, early 19th century leather over boards, complete 175p. [9] some browning, but overall very good. Joint at the end, probably during the rebinding in the early 19th century, Histoire de la Cour de Chine, complete 56p. One of the rarest editions for the Levant. Only two copies in the public libraries worldwide and the BNF copy is not complete. Michel Baudier (1589-1645) took a special interest for the Turks, he travelled in the Levant in the very early 17th century and published three books for the Ottomans. This is his last publication for the Levant and includes a very detailed presentation of the Ottoman Palace, it has an eyewitness account describing in details the ceremonial life in the Palace, of several monuments in Constantinople, as well as a presentation of the administration of the Ottoman empire in all its levels. It is possible that he had joint in his account official reports of the French ambassadors to the Porte, as he was also Court official in the 1620s of the French King. The second book deal with Chinas Court. This full presentation of Constantinople as the capital of the powerful Ottomans is among the earliest and most accurate. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Extremely Rare.
  35. 45.0035
    580,00 €
    Malaguzzi H. / Anonymus and others (several works), General Title: “Turcici Imperii Status seu Discursus varii de Rebus Turcarum”. Leyden 1630. Elzevir edition. Small in 12o 12x6cm, later vellum, engraved title, [4] 314p. [8], complete, internally clean, very good condition. A collection of several works for the Levant, published together by the famous Elzevir press. Includes: Horatio Malaguzzi: “de Turcici Imperiicum alis monarchiis comparati magnitudine dissertatio” (a fine description of the Ottoman Levant in the very early 17th century), Anonymous: “Imperii Turcici Descriptio apud Honorium”, another anonymous work: “De Urbe Constantinopoli et Imperio Turcico Relatio incerti”, Busbequis: “Descriptio Imperium Turcicum”, Montalbano.: “Rerum Turcicarum” at head and other minor works, all related with the Ottoman Levant. A fine collection of early travel accounts and descriptions to provide a detailed picture for Greece and the Levant. Scarce.
  36. 45.0036
    680,00 €
    Montalbano B.: De Turcarum Moribus commentaries. Lugduni Batavorum 1643. Second edition, in 12o 13x7cm, full contemporary vellum slightly soiled, engraved noble armory, complete 120p., [12], clean and fine. Baptista Montalbano travelled in the Levant in the early 17th century. His account, was first published in 1626 and provides a detailed image of the Ottoman Levant. He describes in details the ruling of the Ottoman society and the administration, he was impressed by the hamams and Turkish profound knowledge of practical medicine. He remarked also that the most part of the islands of the Aegean are empty of inhabitants (due to the continuous pirate incursions) and dealt with the Greeks, their position and their customs. One of the earliest accounts. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Rare!
  37. 45.0037
    2.600,00 €
    G[iangolino] C[arlo] - Baglione Astore.: Svegliarino che monstra alla Christinita essere gionta l hora opportune di mouersi contro la Potenza Ottomana… esposto public da G. B. C. V… l ultima Tragica Historia del Regno di Cipro. La Guerra di Cipro, du cui Generale Astorre Baglione e si descrine tutta quell Isola. Luzern 1646. First and only edition of the first work. Second edition of the work about Cyprus. In 4to 24x17cm, contemporary full vellum slightly soiled, endpapers renewed, very light scattered browning, text clean and bright, complete both texts 83p., [4], 74p., [2], overall very good. TWO OF THE RAREST ACCOUNTS FOR THE LEVANT. Carlo Giangolino an Italian writer and cosmographer stayed two years in the Levant around 1640 and studied the military capabilities of the Ottomans. This is his first work where he tried to present the Ottoman empires weakness in several levels and promote a joint Christian attack. In this account he provides a lot of information for the administrative, military and social structure of the Turks. He later wrote the Anatomia del Impero Ottomano si vede l origine, conquisti, costume, usange, leggi e forze de Turchi. Baglione was a Venetian captain and the governor of Famagusta (Ammochostos) in the time of the Turkish attack in 1570. He fought bravely for several months and finally, in 1571, decided to surrender. Although the Turks promised a safe return to Crete to the survivors, Baglioni and other commanders had been beheaded in revenge for the huge casualties of the Turkish army. This account of the war of 1570-1571 in Cyprus is based in the official dispatches and information that he was able to send to Venice during the operations The second part of which the first leaf, most probable blanc, is missing originally appeared in 1591 in Verona, as Vitta e fatti del valorissimo capitano Astore Baglione. A unique source for Cyprus. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection Only five copies in the Public Libraries worldwide, four have together joint the two parts and in three of them the first leaf of the second work is missing. Only one copy in auctions worldwide (Sothebys lot 160 / sale 2013) the last 35 years (with the same drop head title in second part). Extremely Rare!
  38. 45.0038
    1.200,00 €
    Bochart Samuel, “Geographiae Sacrae”, Cadomi (Caen) Cardonelle, 1651. Second edition of the most influential geographical work of the 17th century. Folio (35x24cm), engraved title, in its back there is a printed dedication, in Greek, to Bochard by Stephanos Monk, [26]p., 864p., [88]. Complete with 4 double page or folded plates of maps containing all Bochart’s original 13 maps. Bochart (1599-1667) was a famous Protestant Theologian and Geographer of the 17th century. His Sacred Geography is the first systematic effort to approach the ancient geography of the Bible, by attempting to identify the actual position of the Biblical places. His original manuscript (now in BNF) was written in the 1630s and contained 13 maps. He lived in Caen (Normandy) and there he managed to publish his work after 10 years of efforts. The result was an impressive printing achievement, as five alphabets (Latin, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and Ethiopian) have been used in a single publication for the first time in history. Due to high printing costs, he embedded his 13 maps in just 4 plates. The success was remarkable and the work was reissued in a second edition in 1651, while luxurious editions (with 13 plates) followed in 1692 and 1707 after the death of Bochart. Contemporary full calf, richly gilt, slightly rubbed at corners of spine and front join. Very light marginal water stains in few pages. A clean and very good copy. Bochard’s master work on Sacred Geography in its second edition with the dedication in Greek on back of the title, a proof of the success of the work in contemporary Greek circles.
  39. 45.0039
    850,00 €
    Sandys George.: Travailes containing a History of the original and present State of the Turkish Empire… a description of Constantinople also of Greece, of Egypt, Holy Land and the islands of Cyprus, Crete… London 1652. Fifth edition of the most important early English travel account to the Levant. Folio 28x18cm, contemporary leather over boards, rebaked, boards slightly rubbed, text with few spots in some scattered pages, generally clean and bright, title and additional engraved architectural title restored at the very edges, some wear in few pages, complete 240p., with one folding map of Eastern Mediterranean, one folding view of Constantinople and forty-four (44) beautiful copper engravings with fine early views of Greece and the Levant. Overall, almost very good. George Sandys travelled to the Levant in 1610, spending more than a year in Eastern Mediterranean. His observations first appeared in 1615 and his work was soon regarded as an authority for the Levant and published seven editions during the 17th century. Detailed lengthy descriptions of many places in Greece, of several Greek islands, Constantinople and many surrounding places in early 17th century. Atabey 1087 (7th edition), Wing S680, not in Blackmer. A classical early work richly illustrated.
  40. 45.0040
    850,00 €
    Sansovino Fransesco: Historia dell Origine, Guerre et Imperio de Turchi. Venetia Combi 1654. Second edition of Sansovino history which ends with the Turkish landing on Cyprus, the fall of Famagusta (Ammochostos) and the Nafpactos (Lepante) naval battle of 1571. In 4to 24x16cm, modern leather over boards, complete half title, title with full page armorial copper engraving at the back [28], 472p., text clean and bright. Fransesco Sansovino (1521-1586) was a Venetian 16th century scholar and humanist, one of most important of his time. He understood early the nature of Turkish continuous conquests and presented one among the very first comprehensive contemporary history of the Levant during 15th-16th centuries. As the Ottoman advance was mainly at the Greek lands, his lengthy accounts are full of invaluable information for several Greek places, people and events since the fall of Thessaloniki (which was the first Venetian-Turkish encounter) up to the fall of Cyprus. The Ottoman conquest of mainland Greece and the Aegean islands have been described by Sansovino based in information from the Venetian archives, including the full version of Leonard of Chios letter to Venice on the fall of Constantinople (where he was an eyewitness). A second part (not present here and not prepared by the author) deal with the events up to the Cretan war in mid 17th century. Sansovino history is an important collection of material relating to the Levant. Atabey 1300 (this edition), Blackmer 1487.
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