TRAVELS AND DISCOVERIES DURING THE 17TH CENTURY

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 45.0041
    1.200,00 €
    Benardinus S.: “Jerusalemsche Reyse in dry boecken bedeylt… in de jaren 1644, 45, 46 endt 1647 met kopere Platen”. Brussel 1661. Third edition, but the first and the only one richly illustrated. Tall in 8vo 18x12cm, contemporary blinded fine full leather, professionally restored at the corners, [40], 792p. [16] and 17 copper engraved plates, as called for. Internally clear and bright, overall very good. Benardinus, a Dutch Franciscan friar spent years in the Levant. His expansive travelogue to the Holy Land is practically divided in three parts, a lengthy travel account towards the Levant, two chapters deal with Crete and Cyprus, includes also a very detailed presentation of the Levantine customs and social structure. The main part deals with the Holy places in Palestine. The last part before the return travel has an unusual account on some of the birds, animals, trees, fruits, stones and minerals of the Levant. This edition is the only very richly illustrated, including several fine copper plates of costumes and people of the Levant which must be works of a talented painter who has visited the Ottoman Levant. Very early travel account, not in Atabey or Blackmer. Very Rare.
  12. 45.0042
    2.800,00 €
    Andrea Marmora (Ανδρέα Μαρμορά): Historia di Corfu decritta da Andrea Marmora nobile Corcirese libri otto., Venetia Curti 1672. First and only edition. In 4to 22x17cm, contemporary full leather very slightly wear, additional engraved title, 456p., and all the 8 engraved plates, including the famous 3 maps and plans, as called for, text clean and bright, overall a fine and fresh book. Ανδρέας Μαρμοράς (Andrea Marmora 1618-1684) came from an old Corfiote family. After his studies in Padova University, fought many years with the Venetian army in the Cretan war and later, in the 1660s, he established the Academia dei Assicurati in Corfu, one of the first high schools in Greek territories. His major contribution is this publication, the History of Corfu which covers from the mythical times up to 1669 all the events relating with the island. It contains also an exhaustive list of all the prominent Greek families of Corfu since 1216 and many information for the contemporary Kerkyra of 17th century. It is a work of major importance. Firstly, as an invaluable source for the island of Kerkyra during 16th and 17th centuries, because Marmora was a native. Secondly it is the first example of a comprehensive history of a local place in Greece, these histories will prevail later for many places of the Greek world. Thirdly, it contains famous and precious maps, including the first map of a Greek city ever drawn by a Greek (Tolias, maps printed in Greek during the Age of Enlightenment no 4) and one of the very few maps of Greek islands drawn by a Greek before 1800 (Tolias no 2). Most importantly, it is one of the very few travel accounts written by a Greek during 16th-18th centuries that was published that time. A landmark for the Greek world. Atabey 774, Blackmer 1082. VERY RARE.
  13. 45.0043
    2.300,00 €
    Coljier Justinus: Journal de Monsieur Colier resident a la Porte pour Messieurs les Etats Generaux des Provinces Unies, [Amsterdam] 1672. First complete edition of Coljier famous accounts for the Levant, in French. In small 8vo 14x8cm, contemporary full leather, complete: title [8] (4 pages of advertisement / introduction and 4 of table of contents), 222p., text clean and bright, an almost fine copy of one of the rarest accounts for the Levant. Justin Coljier, a Dutch citizen, travelled in the Levant in 1667-69 and kept a journal. Parts of his journal had been published in the original Flemish, in two editions in 1668, just after his return. Close examination of these Dutch editions revealed that they were prepared quickly (in one month, after his first return that year and during his second absence), mixed the parts of the account and seems that (for unknown reasons) do not include all the content of the journal present in this French edition. The introduction of this edition reveals invaluable information for the publishing sequel of Coljier journal. Dutch authorities were not satisfied (for unknown reasons) with those fragmentary publications and allowed a publication of a more complete version of Coljier account. This translation is faithfully based in this full version that the author of our edition had in hand! No Flemish original of this full version seems to has survived or at least been detected, only the usual fragmentary two publications of 1668, in Dutch exist in public libraries worldwide. Koch researches, in parallel, has revealed three French editions during 1672. The other two have been published in Paris and seem, as per their length, to be based in the previous Dutch publications. This edition, which seems to be most probably a pirate edition in Amsterdam, but firmly dated 1672, seems to contain the lengthiest account from Coljier journal. Coljier journal contains accounts from other sources also, as travel accounts from the Dutch consul in Smyrna. No copies of this edition detected in any public library worldwide. Coljier describes his arrival at Constantinople and his sojourn in Pera. His travel from Constantinople to Andrinople, the travel account of the Dutch consul in Smyrna to Constantinople, after to Silivria, their joint sojourn in Silivria, their joint (second) travel to Andrinople, their official receptions at that city where they met the Sultan, a sequence of official ceremonies in Andrinople, a description of the city, several letters sent and received, an account of their return to Constantinople, a very detailed and lengthy description of Constantinople and its monuments, population & ceremonies, many remarks for the Greeks of the city and the Patriarch, including an eyewitness account for a funeral of Patriarch and many other festivities at the city. For many of them, Coljier account is our only source. He has return through the Balkans. Coljier journal is an invaluable source for 17th century Thrace and the life activities in Constantinople. Unique complete account of Coljier travel reports.
  14. 45.0044
    800,00 €
    Sagredo: Memorie istoriche de monarchi Ottomani, Venice: Combi, 1673. FIRST edition, large in 4o 26x20cm, contemporary full vellum. Complete, engraved title vignette, [6] 1069p., woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, effaced inscriptions to front free endpaper and title page, intermittent minor worming to margins, marginal damp-staining towards rear, few wear to extremities, a very good copy. Sagredo, a Venetian nobleman and friend of Morosini, the conqueror of Morea, visited several times Greece and the Levant and gathered first hand material for the Ottoman Empire. His work is the first systematic effort to understand the rise of the Ottoman power and explain his society and administrative structure. The first edition print run was only 200 copies. Its success made possible the publication of later editions in Italian, French and Spanish. Only four copies, of the First edition, traced at auctions worldwide (including the Atabey copy) the last 40 years. This first edition is RARE. Atabey 1079.
  15. 45.0045
    1.200,00 €
    Febure Michel [Giustiniano di Tours]: Etats present de la Turquie ou il est traite des vies, moeurs et coutumes des ottomans et des autres peoples de leur Empire, divise par 14 nations qui l habitent, sept infidels et sept Chretiens. Paris 1675. First and only edition in French of the Specchio overo descrittione de la Turchia, published previous year (1674), in Firenze. It is a completely other work than others published later under the same pseudonym of Febure. Small in 8vo 17x9cm, contemporary full leather, slightly rubbed and restored at the edges, complete 450p., title with light foxing, text: very few scattered spotting in some pages, generally clean and bright, a very good copy for its age. Giustiniano lived in the Levant in mid 17th century and provided a very accurate account for the life in the Ottoman Empire at the peak of its power. Several parts are from eyewitness travel accounts, as a visit to Cyprus (chapters 19 and 23), in other Greek islands or the pilgrimage to Mecca. Another chapter is devoted to the Greeks under Ottoman rule. The book contains unique information for the Levant, as a lengthy chapter for the way of travelling in the Ottoman lands and description of everyday life and ceremonies of a multinational society. Atabey 420, not in Blackmer
  16. 45.0046
    1.600,00 €
    Jouvin de Rochefort: “Le voyageur d Europe ou est le Voyage de Turquie qui comprend la Terre Sainte, l Egypte…”. Paris 1676. First and only edition. In 8vo 16x10cm, full contemporary leather slightly rubbed, 317. p[4] and one folded map, as called for, overall very good. Jouvin de Rochefort (1640-1710) was a French traveler and cartographer, he became treasurer of France from 1675 to 1702. In his early years he travelled a lot around Europe and published his travels in 1672, in 6 volumes, with the title Le Voyageur d Europe. After this publication he travelled in the Levant in 1673-1674. He arrived firstly in Egypt, he continued to Palestine and Syria before his arrival in Tarsus in Cilicia. He crossed the Taurus, entered Asia Minor and visited Iconio (Cogna) and Esticher (EskiSehir) before reaching Constantinople. In his return, he crossed once again Anatolia, visiting Proussa (Bursa), Magnisia (Manisa) and Smyrna. He continued in the Archipelago, he visited Chios, Andros, Kea and Kithira and provides accounts for all these islands. His travel account contains also a fine and detailed description of the Levantine multinational society, its manners, religions and economy. Jouvin is among the very few who left important early accounts for several cities of Anatolia, very rarely visited that time. He is very accurate, probably kept daily calendar and collected information for the visited places. His information that Magnesia in Asia Minor was still populated only by Greeks in late 17th century, a town overwhelming Muslim a century later, is really invaluable. The account is full of very valuable information and has been published only once, it has been published separately, as an extra volume in the second edition of his travels around Europe published in 1676. It is one of the rarest lengthy travel account for the Levant. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection. Extremely Rare!
  17. 45.0047
    900,00 €
    Troilo F.: “Orientalische Reise-Beschreibung, Wie er zu dreyen unterschiede nen mahlen nach Jerusalem, von dannen in Egypt auff den berg Sinai und ferner nach Constantinopel sich begeben…”. Dresden 1676-1677. First edition second issue (date 1676 on the additional title, 1677 on the title), small 4to 19x17cm, early 19th century cloth over boards, copper engraved additional title, [26] 666p., missing last leaf, one engraved copper plate in text, as called for, two three spots, overall text clean and fine, overall very good condition. Franz Ferdinard von Troilo (c. 1630-1689) from an old Tyrolean family travelled in the Levant from 1666 to 1670. He arrived first in Venetian Corfu in early 1666, toured in the Ionian islands and provides long descriptions of Kerkyra, Zakynthos and Kithira. He visited Venetian Suda and Iraklio, Ottoman Chania and other places in Crete, as well as several Aegean islands as Milos, Kimolos and the Morea. All the provided travel accounts for the Aegean in the peak of Ottoman-Venetian war are invaluable. He continued to Cyprus before reaching Egypt. He toured extensively in the Middle East visiting Syria and Palestine. He spent a lot of time in Anatolia visiting little known places of the interior of Asia Minor before reaching Constantinople. His very lengthy descriptions of the 17th century Levant are precious to understand the contemporary travelling during heavy war times in Greece and the direct impact of that war in local societies. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Rare
  18. 45.0048
    1.300,00 €
    Savary Jacques: Le parfait negociant ou instruction generale pour ce qui regarde le commerce… avec un traite du commerce qui se fait par la mer Mediterranee dans les echelles du Levant, a Smirne, a Alexandrie, a Chipre, a Angora, a Constantinople…, Paris 1679. Second edition (first in 1675/6) of the only detailed commercial manual for the Levant published during 17th century. In 4to, 23x18cm, modern full leather, complete in two parts, [48], 335p. 484p., some important stain in some pages, few spots, light scattered browning, mostly clean, a book that was certainly in heavy practical use for decades at least, overall in almost very good condition for its age and its kind. The Perfect Trader (Parfait Negociant) was a practical commercial book for use on trade. Athough covering several European destinations of French trade and some intercontinental, the last 120 pages cover the Levantine trade. It is a unique source as it describes in exhaustive detail ports, products (from soap to alum) for import or export in each place, quantities of merchandises, agents, consulates, taxes, money regulations, administrative procedures, trade routes and several other practical information for all these places that a trader must be aware including population, customs etc. An important chapter covers the trade in Smyrna, the main base then for the trade of Levant. Several other cities in Asia Minor, like Angora, Scala Nova (Kusadasi), Beybazar (in central Anatolia) were commercial centers that time also. Covers several other ports of Syria and Egypt, Chypre, other Greek places, Constantinople, the trade between Venise and Constantinople etc. The book has been constantly updated and altered, approx. every generation (the following third edition published in 1697) and up to the 19th century with several later editions, but the early editions of 17th century are practical unobtainable. As a book for practical use only, and not for libraries, these books became extremely rare. An invaluable source for the economy and trade in Levant, a commercial manual of the 17th century. Extremely rare and early edition.
  19. 45.0049
    1.500,00 €
    Naud M.: “Voyage nouveau de la Terre Sainte, enrichi de plusieurs remarques…”. Paris 1679. First edition. In small 8vo 17x10cm contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, edges of spine cheeped, complete [18] 671p., title and few pages very slightly wrinkled, text clean, overall in very good condition. Michel Naud (1631-1684) travelled to the Levant in 1673-4 in the entourage of the French Ambassador to Constantinople Marquis de Nointel (see lot 34). A numerous team of French, Spanish, Greeks and few Muslims travelled overland from Constantinople through Anatolia to Syria before reaching Palestine for a pilgrimage. A very early detailed accurate travel description of all important places around the Holy Land is provided by Naud. He describes the visited places accurately with a mindset of a much later, experienced traveler and not with the usual 17th century religious traveler’s optic. Not in Atabey, Blackmer 1185 (for the second edition of 1702). The first edition is rare and has appeared twice the last decades.
  20. 45.0050
    780,00 €
    Smith Thomas: An account of the Greek church with several historical remarks to which is added an account of the Greek church under Cyrillus Loucaris, Patriarch of Constantinople, with a relation of his sufferrings and death, London 1680. First edition. The Macclesfield library copy! In 8vo, 18x12cm, contemporary English leather, covers lovely decorated, complete: title [22], 303p., [14], text basically clean and bright, few spotting in the first and last pages, overall in very good condition. Smith was a Chaplain at Constantinople during the second half of 17th century and had acquired profound knowledge for the Orthodox Church. As Greek church was omnipresent in the Greeks everyday life, the present account describes in exhaustive details the sufferings of Greeks under Ottoman rule, their common life (weddings, funerals, feasts, religious ceremonies and festivities etc) as well as important events in Constantinople. Atabey 1150, Blackmer 1562.
  21. 45.0051
    900,00 €
    Scharschmidt Carl: Das zeitlaufftige Kriegs-Spiel christlicher und unchristl. Potentaten, oder curioses Staats-Gesprach von der grossen Kriegs-Spiel der jetzigen Welt. Leipzig 1685. First and only edition, small in 4to 20x15, 5cm, later vellum over boards, complete 81p., some very light uniform browning in the text, overall very good plus. Carl Scharschmidt (1645-1717) was a German historian and traveler. It is not certain if he has visited the Levant earlier, but his interesting account of the first years of the Christian war against the Ottomans (1682-1685) reveal someone who had profound knowledge of several places in the Ottoman Empire. It is a firsthand source for the creation of the Holy Alliance of Litz and the fight against the Ottomans. He had official reports from the Imperial Court about the events. The work comprises lengthy accounts about the condition, administration and the military and economic resources of the Ottomans, the second part of the book deal with the Venetian expedition in Lefkada, western continental Greece and their landing in Morea. It is a very precious contemporary source for these events. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other know collection. Extremely Rare account
  22. 45.0052
    1.200,00 €
    Cousin Louis: Histoire de Constantinople depuis la regne de l ancient Justin jusque la fin de l Empire, traduite sur les originaux Grecs, Paris 1685. First edition, 10 volumes in 12o, 16x10cm, complete, contemporary full leather, spines richly gild, slightly rubbed, text clean, overall in very good condition. First work to present a comprehensive complete history of the Byzantine empire. Impressive, with thousands of pages of text. As most of the medieval Greek manuscripts with Byzantine histories were discovered in the period 1550-1650 and published after, Cousin was able at the end of 17th century to compile a Byzantine History based in the Greek original sources of the Byzantine authors. Atabey 295 (second edition), not in Blackmer. First comprehensive Byzantine history, based on Byzantine authors original accounts.
  23. 45.0053
    1.100,00 €
    Graziani / Peletier: “Histoire de la guerre de Chypre”. Lyon 1686. Second edition, in French. Small 8vo 14, 5x9cm, contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, spines richly gilt, their ends chipped, complete: additional engraved title with a map of Cyprus, [32] 532p. 317p. [4], five incredible detailed large engraved vignette headpieces, in two volumes, clean, overall in very good condition. One of the primary accounts for the Ottoman conquest of Cyprus, based in Venetian official dispatches, Graziani account became of great interest during the new Ottoman-Venetian war of 1683-86. The first part of the work gives a general account on Cyprus. This edition contains a very rare and newly drawn map of Cyprus (Zacharakis 1581) which is not present in the first edition. Introductory and explanatory notes have been added by Peletier, the prior of Saint Gemme and fine engraved headpieces, masterpieces of copper engraving. Rare!
  24. 45.0054
    1.400,00 €
    Monconys B.: Voyages de M. de Monconys conseiller du Roi divises en cinq tomes. Paris 1695. Second edition, 5 volumes in 8vo 17x10cm each, modern binding carta rustica, complete: engraved frontis 538p., 374p., 346p., 534p., 546p. [62] and all the 51 engraved plates, as called for, few plates loose, text with few scattered browning or occasional spotting, overall very good. Balthasar de Monconys (1611-1665) was a French traveler diplomat and physicist. His extensive voyages took him to Constantinople, all around Anatolia, to Syria, Palestine, Egypt, as well as in several places in western Europe. Reflecting his education in the natural sciences, “Monconys Voyages is of considerable interest for the Levant for its observations on natural history, chemistry, physics, astrology and antiquities” (Atabey). He had travelled extensively in Asia Minor in mid 17th century, a date with extremely few travel accounts for Anatolia and was among the first to visit Baalbek. It is very richly illustrated with fifty-one (51) copper engraved plates, the plates of this edition are different from the few of the previous edition of 1664. The work includes also an account of the murder of the Ottoman Sultan Ibrahim in 1648. One of the great travel accounts of the 17th century. Atabey 824, Blackmer 1695. Very Rare!
  25. 45.0055
    680,00 €
    Mortier P.: L Histoire du Nouveau Testament. Amsterdam 1700. Second edition of Mortier famous work of art on New Testament, the second, independent, volume, dealing with religious history and geography and very richly illustrated with baroque engravings. Folio 43x28cm, contemporary full leather rubbed, complete 153p. and one hundred forty-six (146) half page beautiful copper engravings, depicting religious scenes and drawn by the best baroque Dutch artists of the time. Five-six pages almost detached or misfolded, maps trimmed in the margins but intact, few marginal water-stain and ink residue, but overall a good condition. Five (5) double page maps of religious geography signed by Covens-Mortier have been added, to form a unique composite religious geographical Atlas. A splendid work.
  26. 45.0056
    1.700,00 €
    Evliya Efendi (Evliya Celebi): Narrative of travels in Europe, Asia and Africa in the 17th century, London printed for the Oriental Translation Fund 1834-1846. First edition. In small Folio 28x22cm, contemporary full leather, richly decorated, decoration rubbed, text clean and bright, complete the two first parts of publication of the account (186p., 256p.), as published (the whole account of Evliya has not yet published in its entirety), overall in very good condition. Evliya Celebi (1611-1682) was an Ottoman explorer who travelled though the huge territories of the Ottoman Empire and neighboring lands over a period of forty years. He has visited most provinces of the Empire, almost all Greece including Athens where Parthenon impressed him so much to write a poem. He started in 1630s with Constantinople and the surrounding areas, the 1640s with Anatolia, Caucasus, Rumelia and Crete (was among the Ottoman army in the earlier phase of conquest) and several other places later. His itinerary in Greece is dated mostly around 1667-70. His travel account (The SEYAHATNAME) has meticulous details for every place, covers thousands of pages in manuscript, and is an invaluable source for the Levant. A monumental work, one of the very few travel accounts written by an Ottoman, in first edition.
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