TRAVELS AND DISCOVERIES DURING RENNAISSANCE AND 16TH CENTURY

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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