TRAVELS AND DISCOVERIES DURING ANCIENT TIMES AND MIDDLE AGE

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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.
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