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  1. 45.0057
    1.800,00 €
    Hill Aaron: A full and just account of the Present state of the Ottoman Empire, London printed for the author 1709. First edition. Folio 34x22cm, contemporary leather, covers rubbed and scuffed, very tide and holding well, but externally very tired the leather with important wear, title restored and past in almost contemporary paper with marginal loss, some spots and light browning in few pages, but overall text clean and bright, [18], 339p., dedication to the Queen, preface and list of subscribers present, as well the 7 beautiful copper engraved folio plates each with facing explanatory text leaf, one misplaced, with beautiful scenes of the Levant, overall a good copy. Aaron Hill visited the Levant as a youth & stayed with his relative Lord Payet, then British ambassador at Constantinople from 1700 to 1703. The first part of the work is concerned with the history and customs of the Turks and other inhabitants of the Empire, but the later part consists of chapter on Greece, the islands of the Aegean, Egypt and the other provinces. The fine Folio engravings are among the best and rarest for the Levant, one depicts the earliest accurate drawing of a Greek wedding during the Ottoman times. The private printing of this book guaranteed its exceptional rarity. Atabey 580, Blackmer 817.
  2. 45.0058
    480,00 €
    Tournefort, Relation d un Voyage au Levant, Lyon 1717. Second edition, the first in octavo, published the same year with the first. Contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, inside very light scattered browning, overall very good. The two first volumes (of3), but complete and covering all the visited Greek areas up to Constantinople. Third volume covers Asia Minor. [20], 379p. [4], [2], 448p. and the ninety (90) fine copper engraved plates. Tournefort visited the Levant in 1700 together with the famous painter Aubrieu who drawn the plates. These splendid plates include fine views of Greek cities and landscapes, people of the Levant, maps and plants forming a comprehensive collection of ninety (90) copper engraved plates for Greece. Ex libris of Max von Uechtritz (with a very interest marginalia note at the end of each volume: “book red, with satisfaction, Berlin 1763”), a Prussian Orientalist.
  3. 45.0059
    580,00 €
    Bianchi V.: Istorica Relazione della pace di Posaroviz, Padova 1719. First and only edition. In 4to 24x17cm, contemporary vellum over boards, title in spine slightly rubbed, complete: full page engraved frontis, [10] 236p., [4], text clean and bright, overall very good plus. Vendramino Bianchi (1667-1738) was a Venetian diplomat, originated from Padova, who took part early 1718, as the representative of Venice, in the negotiations between the Ottomans, the Venetians and the Austrians, with the meditation of other European powers to end the war, which have been held in Pasarowitz in Serbia. The treaty of Passarowitz (July 1718) is a very important treaty for the Greek world of early 18th century, as it excludes the Venetian presence from the Greek Archipelago after many centuries and shifted the main attention of the leading European powers directly to Greece. Bianchi signed himself the treaty on behalf of Venice. The Austrian intervention save Venice in 1716 and permit to the Venetians to keep the Ionian islands and to form a chain of Venetian enclaves in western Greece (the Venetian Continente). This peace was longstanding regarding Greek areas up to the early 19th century The book described in details the situation in Greece from 1714 to 1718, focus in the events of 1718 and the concrete conditions of Greece and the Balkans that time, in many aspects. Many Greek areas are mentioned, as Venice abandoned all Peloponnesus, several places in Crete, Aegina and Tinos, with several information regarding Greek cities, castles, villages, population, trade activities, economic impacts etc. A precious account full with valuable information for Greece, written by the diplomat who negotiated the peace. Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection. Rare account.
  4. 45.0060
    3.400,00 €
    Funcken J.: “Neu-eroffnetes Amphitheatrum Turcicum: worinnen d. Kern turckischer Geschichten… von Grundselzung… mit vielen Figuren… ausgeschmuckt…”. Effurt 1724. First and only edition. Folio 34x21cm, later leather over boards, complete: title printed in red and black, 172p. [4] and forty-one (41) half folio page woodcuts of costume of the Levant each framed within a decorative woodcut border, very light scattered spotting in few pages of text, generally clean and bright, overall very good plus condition. A splendid publication for the Levant. A short presentation of the Ottoman history, a detailed presentation of the Levantine society of the time coupled with a unique collection of forty-one (41) fine woodcut costumes of Levantine people, each one approx. 20x19cm, never republished. The fine figures and the quality of the drawings suggest an Ottoman manuscript prototype of the time (a Kiyafet) copied by a talented western artist, most probably a contemporary painter to be adjusted for the woodcuts. This kind of manuscript collections of contemporary people and costumes appeared in Ottoman circles in Constantinople during 17th century, but very few survived, mostly when transferred to Europe. The publication of this rich collection of 41 Levantine drawings contributed to its survival. Luxurious publication richly illustrated with beautiful costumes of people of the Levant. Not in Atabey or Blackmer, Lipperheibe 35. Extremely Rare.
  5. 45.0061
    900,00 €
    Ladoire M.: “Voyage en Terre Sainte en l annee 1719 contenant la description…”. Paris 1720. First edition. In 8vo, contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, complete [10], 398p. [10], very few marginal worming, text clean and bright, overall in very good condition. Vicar Marcel Ladoire travelled in the Levant in 1719. He arrived at Larnaca, Cyprus the 26th of March and met the French consul. He liked a lot Cypriot wine and visited Nicosia, he provides a nice and accurate short description of the whole island of Cyprus during early 18th century, a place rarely visited by travelers that period. He continued to the Holy Land, his main destination, for his pilgrimage to the usual shrines. Lengthy accounts for the Christians of the Levant including Greeks. A very detailed description of Jerusalem is included in his account, as well as valuable information for several other places of the Levant. He had returned via Constantinople, he did a second travel later in 1723-4. Blackmer praised a lot this travel. Not in Atabey, Blackmer 940. Very rare
  6. 45.0062
    1.400,00 €
    La Mortraye A.: Voyages en Europe, en Asie, et en Afrique ou on trouve une grande variete de recherches geographiques sur l Italie, la Grece, la Turquie, la Tartarie Crimee, la Circassie, la Suede…, La Haye 1727. First edition in French. Folio 32x23cm, two volumes, 19th century full leather, complete, engraved frontis in each volume, titles in red and black, Volume 1:[7], 472p., [23], 28 copper engraved copper plates (16 splendid, double page or folded) and two folded maps, as called for, covering his travels in Greece and the Levant, Volume 2:[3], 496p., [39], 17 engraved plates (6 double pages) and two folded maps. All plates and text in clean, very fresh state. Overall, an almost fine set. La Mortraye travelled around Europe, Asia and Africa from 1696 to 1729. In Scandinavia became confident to Charles XII. His escape to the Levant, after Poltava battle defeat, led Mortraye to travel extensively to the Levant, visiting Greece, Thrace, Constantinople and several places around the Black Sea. He continued later in Anatolia and the Archipelago. He spent several years in the Ottoman Levant. His extensive travel account is one of the best of 18th century. The work contains fine, mostly folio double page, copper engravings, with fine views of the Levant, after original drawings from the best artistes of the time, depicting daily scenes of Greek danses, ceremonies etc. It is very richly illustrated. Atabey 661, Blackmer 946. Fine condition.
  7. 45.0063
    1.300,00 €
    Villote Jacques: Voyages d un missionaire en Turquie, en Perse, en Armenie…, Paris 1730. First and only edition, in 8vo 18x11cm, contemporary full leather with light external wear and margins restoration at some edges, title page with professional restoration but intact, complete [8], 650p., text clean and bright with few wears in three four pages only, overall in very good condition. Only edition of a sequel of very important travels in the Levant of the missionary Jacques Villote, a resident for many years at Julfa, an Armenian city (actually) in Persia, where the French missionaries had an important base. He was also a resident for long periods of Trebizond and Erzeroum (Theodosioupolis), where the missionaries had temporary bases. Villote described in meticulous details his fifteen (15) travels to the Levant, during a period of almost 30 years, from the 1690s up to the 1720s! During all these travels, his accounts start from Constantinople, where the Missionaries had their main base in the Levant. Sometimes he crossed Anatolia by land, while some others he used the initial sea route to Trebizond and through the Pontic range. He was a hard explorer of a huge area covering the Asia Minor peninsula, specially the Pontos hinterland area, very rarely visited that time, as well Armenia, some places in Persia and the Middle East. He was even correspondent of the French Academy where he sent astronomical measurements of the positions of Trebizond and Erzeroum in 1699, for geographical use and map making, (the first ever for those areas) and detailed accounts of the interior roads of Pontos and Armenia. After so many years in these remote areas of the Levant, his book contain an invaluable amount of first-hand information, in many fields. A very rare travel account
  8. 45.0064
    1.500,00 €
    Candemir Demetrius: Histoire de l Empire Othoman ou se voyent les causes de son agrandissement et de sa decadence. Paris 1743. First edition in French (the original has been written in Latin, but never published in Latin). Tal 4to, 26x21cm, contemporary full leather with some wear at covers and edges, spine richly gilt, complete two volumes in one, half titles and titles, in both volumes, in red and black [52], 300p., 390p., two decorative copper engraved vignettes with fine views in the text, one woodcut ornamental vignette, text clean and bright with very scattered light spots in five pages, some marginal stain in around ten pages, overall in very good condition. Cantemir was a leading Christian personality of the Levant. Originated from a prince family of Moldavia and held hostage, in late 17th century in Constantinople for many years, he studied Greek and Latin under the Greek scholar Ioannis Komnenos Molyvdos and studied later Turkish and other islamic sources extensively. He was a polyglot, speaking 11 languages! In early 18th century became the prince of Moldavia, then a tributary state of the Ottoman Empire. He believed, that, with the help of Peter the Great, he could liberate his country from Ottoman rule and restore a Christian state in the East. His wife was Kassandra Kantakouzini, supposed descendent of the Emperors. The defeat, at the famous battle at Pruth river (1711), forced his family in exile in Russia, where he wrote his history. The best and most comprehensive history of the Levant from the 15th to the early 18th century, written by a native who used extensively, for the first time, Islamic sources, some of these early sources have not yet fully identified. Up to the 19th century it remains the seminal work on the Ottoman Empire and has been used extensively even by Gibon. Still a monumental work. Atabey 191, not in Blackmer this edition.
  9. 45.0065
    900,00 €
    Guer M.: Moeurs et usages des Turcs, leur religion, leur gouvernement civil, militaire et politique avec un abrege de l histoire Ottomane. Paris 1747. Second edition (with Merigot inprint) which appeared almost simultaneously with the first (with Coutelier imprint), practically a second issue, in tall 4to 28x22cm, a large copy, two volumes, in the very rare state with the contemporary green publishers hard covers very slightly rubbed, complete, volume one: title in red and black [26] 453p., [16], volume two: title in red and black [10] 537p. [2], many fine vignettes with views in the text and all the thirty (30) splendid copper engraved plates in the two volumes, some folded, including the famous early big views of Constantinople, as well the huge panorama (90x30cm!) of the city, small tear in one fold of the panorama without any loss. Text clean and bright, overall a very good set. Brunet states that Guer’s Ottoman work, an exhaustive presentation of the Levantine society in the middle of 18th century, it is of considerable interest for its plates which were engraved by Duflos after designs by Boucher and Halle and which consist of fine views and scenes illustrating Levantine characters and costumes. They also include a fine folding panorama of Constantinople. The book is very richly illustrated and the plates are particularly charming according Atabey. Atabey 534, Blackmer 762. Scarce.
  10. 45.0066
    780,00 €
    Corsini Eduardo: Notae Graecorum sive vocum et numerorum compendia…, Florence 1749. First and only edition. Royal Folio 39x27cm, contemporary red roan leather over marbled boards, slightly rubbed, a nice binding, complete: half title, title in red and black with a fine allegorical big copper engraving which depicts two seated angels, one points at the radiant symbol of Maria Theou (Μαρία Θεού), a work by the famous Italian painter and etcher Giuseppe Zocchi (1711-1767), 6 other ornamental copper engravings and woodcuts vignettes in the text, 6 big engraved initials, a large folding table showing a Greek inscription, 43p., 92p., 132p., Manuscript ownership inscription at the front free paper of Christian Werndrorf (a leading German scholar of its time), dated 13 July 1797, text clean and bright, overall a large nice copy with important provenance. Corsini (1702-1765), an Italian historian, professor at Pisa and epigrapher published previously the Fasti Antici, for the chronology of Attic archontes and the Pan-Hellenic games. He was among the best Greek scholars of his time. He has dedicated this work to the papal librarian Querini, the founder of the famous Queriniana library in Rome. This pioneer work is the first systematic scientific study ever published on Greek abbreviations and numerals. Still an important reference for any study of ancient Greek. The second part consist of six dissertations with commentaries and text editions of unpublished Greek inscriptions. The book is coming from the very important collection of Luder Kulenkamp (1724-1794), one of the largest private book collections in 18th century Gottingen with 9.000 books which has been sold at auction in 1796 and in July 1797 entered Wernsdorf collection. A rare impressive early scientific work on the study of Greek.
  11. 45.0067
    460,00 €
    Peyssonnel C.: Observations historiques et geographiques sur les peuples barbares qui ont habite les bords du Danube et du Pont Euxin-Voyage a Magnesie, a Thyatire, a Sardes. Paris 1765. First edition, large 4to 27x20cm, contemporary full leather rubbed, spine very richly gilt, head of spine damaged, complete: frontis, title in red and black, 358p., 4 folded maps, 8 plates of views, one folded plate of inscriptions, fortunately marginal, but present, worming in several places, intense in the very last pages, one map (Ionia) with some loss inside printed area and two ink spots, light scattered browning and spotting, overall in almost good condition. Peyssonnel was for 25 years French consul in several places in the Levant. Initially in the Black Sea, after in Kriti and Smyrna. This fine account deals with the evolution of the Black Sea area populations since the ancient times up to the 18th century. It includes a separate, very precious, early travel account of the author from Smyrna in the interior of Anatolia when he was consul there. His information for the people living around the Black Sea during early 18th century is extremely valuable, as the access of all foreigners were denied to this area, by the Ottomans, up to the very late 18th century and the Russian victories. The publication includes three maps of Black Sea areas (and one of Ionia) originally drawn by the author which were the most accurate for their time. Atabey 949, not in Blackmer. Rare!
  12. 45.0068
    480,00 €
    Bunting H.: “Itinararium Sacrae Scripturae oder Reise – Buch uber die ganze heillinge Schrift...”. Erfurt 1757. An edition richly illustrated, in 4to 22x18x9cm, very wide book, almost contemporary full leather very slightly rubbed, one fine contemporary clasp still preserved, the second clasp missing, text and plates clean. Frontis, title in red and black, 24 [4], 492p. [3] 298p., 112p, 102p, 378p. [6] and thirty-five (35) copper engraved plates (9 folded), including rare maps. A very good copy. Heinrich Bunting (1545-1606), an educated priest, travelled in the Levant. The Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae had been first published in 1581 and remained popular. The book provides the most complete summary of Biblical Geography and describes the Holy Land by following the travels of various notorious people. It has been completed, throughout the centuries. This 18th century edition is richly illustrated with fine copper engravings and contemporary maps.
  13. 45.0069
    640,00 €
    Van Egmond J. / Hayman J.: “Travels through part of Europe, Asia Minor, the islands of Archipelago, Syria, Palestine, Egypt giving a particular account of the most remarkable places in these countries”. London 1759. First edition in English, in 8vo 21x13, two volumes 395p., 376p. [14], contemporary full leather, text clean, overall very good. An account of two separate travels. That of Egmond in 1620 and that of Heyman in 1700-1709. Egmond, a Dutch merchant visited the Archipelago, Smyrna and the adjacent areas of Asia Minor before reaching Constantinople. Later he visited Chios, Rhodes and Cyprus before reaching Palestine. He provides a chapter with an account on Cyprus. Heyman visited Palestine, Syria and Egypt and toured later around Cilicia and Anatolia. The few separate plates and the advertisement leaf not present in this set, as often as it happens with this book. Atabey 392, Blackmer 537. Rare!
  14. 45.0070
    780,00 €
    Laugier A.: Histoire des negociations pour la paix conclue a Belgrade le 18 Septembre 1739 entre l Empereur, la Russie et l empire Ottoman. Paris 1768. First and only edition. In 8o, 16x10cm, contemporary full leather, complete. Two volumes [14] 352p., [8] 392p. and the folding map of the Levant (not in Zacharakis). A very good set. AN EXTREMELY RARE book providing a detailed image of the Ottoman Levant during the middle of 18th century. Full of geographical and historical details, the author explained the administrative structure of the Ottoman empire, its trade, population, alliances and negotiating skills that lead, although that the Ottomans lost the war of 1737-39, to win territories in the field of negotiation. Volume two contains, at the end, the clauses of the treaty. Atabey 677, not in Blackmer.
  15. 45.0071
    380,00 €
    Algarotti: Brieven… en krygsmagt van Russland benessens een verhaal van den Russischen oorlog tegen de Turken in der jaare 1735. Harlingen 1770. First edition in Dutch. Small 4to 23x14cm, contemporary leather over boards slightly rubbed, complete half title, title in red and black, 252p., overall very good. Francesco Algarotti was an Italian diplomat in Dutch service in the Ottoman Empire. In his lengthy account, in form of letters, deal with the rise of Russia’s power in the Levant as a potential protector of the orthodox populations and the Russo-Turkish war of 1735-38 that made clear that the Ottoman Empire was in decline and not far from a sudden collapse. The account had been published in 1770 when the Ottoman collapse was a possibility after the new Russian victories. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. RARE!
  16. 45.0072
    280,00 €
    Mignot M.: “Histoire de l Empire Ottoman depuis son origin jusque a la paix de Belgrade en 1740”. Paris 1771. First edition, small in 8vo 17x10cm, contemporary full leather very slightly rubbed, three volumes, volume I:532p. and one very large 57x46cm folding originally drawn map of the Ottoman Empire as called for, engraved by Couloumbier, volume II:517p. [3], volume III: missing, volume iv:500p., text clean and bright, overall very good. Vincent Mignot wrote a comprehensive history of the Ottoman Empire in the middle of 18th century. According Voltaire, it was the most accurate history ever published and the most interesting. Mignot used primary sources from the Levant, as Ottoman chronicles were sent by the French ambassador in Constantinople. Blackmer 1124, Atabey 808 (for the 4to edition published in the same year).
  17. 45.0073
    580,00 €
    Pococke R.: “Voyages de Richard Pockocke en Orient, dans l Egypte, la Palestine, la Syrie, la Grece, la Turquie…”. Neuchatel 1772. Second edition in French corrected and with extra notes. In 8vo 17x10cm. 6 volumes, complete, contemporary leather over boards, some boards slightly rubbed, text clean and bright, overall very good condition. Pockocke travelled extensively in the Levant from 1737 to 1740, visiting Egypt, Greece and Anatolia. The narrative of his journey to the Levant is among the best description of the Levant during 18th century. He provides a very detailed description of Athens and other places in Greece, as well as in Anatolia which was rarely visited at the time. The French edition is scarce. Not in Atabey or Blackmer this edition.
  18. 45.0074
    780,00 €
    Bahrheit: Vaticinia Turcica oder Weissagungen von Turkischen Reiche, von Alters von einigen Mannern verfetiget, nunmehro zur Erlauterung des sogenannten Turkenkrieges von einem Liebhaber der Wahreit ans licht gestellet. Berlin 1772. First and only edition, in 8vo 18x11cm, modern hard paper-covers, complete 72p., some light browning and worming with loss of some letters in several pages, some pages stabilized, overall almost very good. One of the rarest and strangest account for the Levant. As the Russians advanced and the final crushing of the Ottomans was very probable during the war of 1768-1774, this account, written in 1772, tried to remind that the fall of the Ottoman empire was a longtime prophecy and the time to be fulfilled was approaching. In fact, there was a concrete prophecy, since the early 17th century, the chronicler Paisios Ligaridis (c. 1610-1678) clearly stated that the Roman (Byzantine) Empire would be restored, 320 years after the fall of Constantinople (so, in 1773…). The time was approaching and the Russo-Turkish war was devastating for the Ottomans… The account provides unique additional information for the Levant, even a letter, dated 1710!!, of Mavrocordatos, a minister of the Porte that time, to Scarlatos family in Greece mentioning a possible Russian effort to attack Constantinople via the Dardanelles and that the Ottomans will be defeated…!!! That was exactly the situation in the early 1770s. Unique account with actual valuable information blended with prophecies about the fall of the Ottomans and the restoration of Byzantium, these prophecies were courant even among the Turks. Only three copies in public libraries worldwide (two in Germany) and seems that it has never appeared in the last 45 years. EXTREMELY RARE.
  19. 45.0075
    1.200,00 €
    Johann-Hermann von RIEDESEL, "Remarques d'un voyageur Moderne au Levant", Amsterdam, 1773. First and only edition of one of the rarest and important travel accounts for Greece. 8vo, pp. 348. Complete. Contemporary leather over boards, spine richly decorated in gilt. A fine and clean copy. Von Riedesel (1740-1784) a German diplomat and traveler, visited Greece and the Levant in 1768. Although he was German, he wrote in his account French, following the language trends of the educated people of his time. He describes precisely the Greek society under Ottoman rule, focusing on Athens and the islands of the Archipelago. Unlike the most of the travelers of that period, his interests were not limited to the antiquities, but on the contrary he also focuses on the everyday life, the people, the customs & the ceremonies. In one chapter he attempts a comparison of the modern and ancient Greeks. He also describes the Turks, their religion, manners and characteristics. Constantinople is vividly presented, as the multinational administration and political center of a declined Empire. Very important and valuable source. Rare. This First edition, not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection.
  20. 45.0076
    780,00 €
    Niebuhr C.: Description de l Arabie d après les observations et recherches faites dans le pays meme. Copenhagen 1773. First edition in French. In 4to 26x21cm, contemporary leather over boards, rubbed, spine scuffed at some parts, text clean and bright, only very scattered marginal water-stain in few pages at the end, complete half title, engraved title vignette, [46], 372p. [2] folding genealogical plate and all the 24 plates, 9 folded, including maps, some with fine outline colors, overall very good. Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) a cartographer and mathematician became one of the greatest explorers of the 18th century. He took part in the great Royal Danish Arabia scientific expedition prepared by the Danish king and was the only one who survived and returned. The fifteen members team arrived in Constantinople in spring 1761 and spent time there. A new map of the city had been prepared and several monuments studied scientifically. Before their arrival in Arabia through the Red Sea in early 1763 the team travelled to Egypt and Sina. Arabia proved to be a very dangerous place for the Danish team. Only Niebuhr survived and arrived in Bombay in 1764 but he continued his own journey, in Persia visiting Persepolis in 1765 and had return through Bagdat and Haleppo in Palestine. After a visit to Cyprus, he crossed Anatolia and through Proussa reached again Constantinople in late 1766 and Copenhagen in 1767. Niebuhr production during this expedition is impressive. He prepared several maps and charts of unknown then places, practically they were the first reliable scientific maps of the Red Sea, of Yemen and most of Arabia. He completed also 28 town plans of significant historical value because of their uniqueness for that period. Atabey 873 (this edition) not in Blackmer. This edition is rare.
  21. 45.0077
    320,00 €
    Tott: Memoires du Baron de Tott sur les Turcs et les Tatars. Maestricht 1785. In 8vo, 17x11cm, contemporary leather over boards, slightly rubbed, spine richly gilt, complete 4 volumes in two, complete 195p., 211p., 171p., 141p., text clean and bright, overall very good. Tott stayed twenty years as French Consul in the Levant. He travelled to Cyprus, Crete and several other islands. He had been convinced that the preservation of the Ottoman Empire was for the interest of France. But he provides accurate accounts for the situation of Christians and of the customs, life and administration of the Ottomans.
  22. 45.0078
    580,00 €
    Ελισάβετ-Ξάνθη Λουμάκη-Σενιέ / Bonnieres R.: “Lettres Grecques de Madame Chenier (1729-1808) et sa vie”. Paris 1879. First edition. In 8vo 19x14cm, contemporary original fine illustrated paper covers preserved, complete 200p., [3], text clean and bright, overall in very good condition. Ελισάβετ Ξάνθη (Σάντη) Λουμάκη (1729-1808) was a Cypriot intellectual lady who lived several years in Constantinople and married there the French merchant Louis Chenier and became Madame Chenier, in 1755. They moved to Paris in 1765. She became the mother of two famous French poets. Her literary salon in Paris during late 18th century was the center of Philhellenism and the place where the plans for the famous secret organization Hotel Hellenophone (Ελληνόγλωσσο Ξενοδοχείο) for the cultural regeneration of Greeks and their revolution against the Turks, started. Her Greek letters remained manuscript and had been published only in 1879 together with her biography by Bonnieres. They include the famous letters on the Greek folk dances where the most ancient reference on Hassapiko (Χασάπικο) dance has been detected, letters on funeral traditions in Greece and many other letters, between Loumbaki-Chenier and leading French literary personalities of her time as Guys etc. First edition of the letters of a leading Cypriot personality of 18th century. In old town of Nicosia, Cyprus, a street is devoted to her (Ξάνθης Ξενιέρου, as has been attributed to Greek the surname Chenier…). Not in Atabey, Blackmer or any other known collection.
  23. 45.0079
    540,00 €
    Craven: “A journey through the Crimea to Constantinople”. London 1789. First edition. Tall in 4to 27x22cm, contemporary full leather rubbed, hinges week but firmly holding, text and plates clean, complete: 327p., frontis & 6 engraved plates, moderate soiling & few wear to binding, endpapers replaced, overall very good. A vivid account of travels to the Levant, Greece, Constantinople and Crimea, written in the form of letters addressed from Lady Craven to her future husband, the Magrave of Anspach. In Constantinople she stayed with Coiseul-Gouffier and the letter forty-five contains comments on his activities as a collector. “Lady Craven is said to have been the first woman that descended into the grotto of Antiparos”. (Cox). She was one of the very first woman who published her travel account for the Levant. The nice big plates depict the grotto of Antiparos, Siphnos, a Greek monastery in the bay of Gavrio in Andros, the source of a river in the Crimea, an Ottoman boat and a Turkish burial ground. Cox I pp. 197-98, Atabey 297 Blackmer 424.
  24. 45.0080
    180,00 €
    Gibbon E.: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire Abridged. London 1790. First abridged edition. In 8vo 22x14cm, 2 Volumes, complete 569p., 562p., contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, text clean, overall very good. Gibon’s famous history of the Byzantine Empire, one of the most influential historical works of the 18th century in the abridged edition prepared by the author. Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) continued to improve his masterpiece work up to his death. The History had been firstly published from 1776 up to 1788 and is known for the quality of historical synthesis and the use of primary sources. The huge success of his monumental work led the author to present an abridged edition that was prepared by his strict supervision, omitting the scientific details.
  25. 45.0081
    480,00 €
    Howel Th. - Capper J.: Voyage en retour de l Inde par terre et par une route inconnue par Thomas Howel suivi d Observations sur le passage dans l Inde par l Egypte et le grand desert par James Capper. Paris An V (1796-97). First edition in French. Tall 4to 27x20cm, large uncut copy, contemporary paperboards slightly rubbed and dusty, internally fine. Complete: half title, title [16], 385p. [1] and the two folded engraved maps of the Levant, as call for. A very good copy. Combined edition in French of two contemporary English travelers accounts of their journeys of return from India, via the Levant, to Europe. It seems more than likely that the translation and the official publication, by the Imprimerie de la Republique, of these detailed works on travel across the Levant, was intended to boost French interest for the area in front of Napoleon plans. Howel travelled from India across Persia, Armenia and Anatolia, providing very useful account for the miserable state of population, especially the Christians, in Asia Minor. Capper travelled through the Red Sea, Arabia and Egypt. Both followed unbeaten tracks and provided precious information.
  26. 45.0082
    1.400,00 €
    Reith Bernhard: Reise nach Sicilien und Athen, den inseln der Archipelagus, Smyrna, Konstantinopel…, Leipzig 1798. First edition, small in 4to 21x17cm, contemporary leather over boards, spine richly gilt, very few wear, text with some browning and spotting throughout, complete: title, 174p., and the 5 beautiful rare copper engraved folded views, 4 of Greece and one of Palermo, as called for. Overall in very good condition. A rare travel account, absent of all the major collections. Reith travelled to the Levant in 1788-89. After a brief visit to Sicily, in early spring arrived in the Aegean, he toured Milos, Kimolos, Crete, Paros and in summer visited Mitilini, Tenedos and arrived in Thessaloniki, a city still rarely visited where he spent some time. He continued to Skiathos, Kea before his arrival in Athens in mid July. A very lengthy and accurate description of the late 18th century Athens where he spent one month. In late summer he was in Smyrna where he also spent a month before his arrival in Constantinople where he stayed three months and provides a lengthy description of the capital. In early 1789 visited Mikonos and Dilos before leaving the Greek seas for Northern Africa ports. He was so impressed from the beauty of the Greek landscape and people that permanently in his narrative try to find connections with the Greek glorious past. The four fine folded views of Athens depict a beautiful ensemble of the late 18th century city. Very rare.
  27. 45.0083
    900,00 €
    Jackson J.: Journey from India towards England in the year 1797, through Curdistan, Armenia and Natolia in Asia and through Romelia, Bulgaria and Wallachia in Europe, London 1799. First edition. In 8vo 22x13cm, contemporary leather, covers with golden blinded stamp of the famous Signet Library (a gift from the British society of writers!), complete: 278p., one folded map of Anatolia and Thrace and 4 early aquatints, some light spotting, map with some foxing, otherwise very clean, overall very good. Jackson, a British officer in India, travelled overland to Europe in an effort to investigate alternative roads. He followed unbeaten tracks through territories completely unknown to Europeans, in Armenia and Anatolia. His travel account is extremely valuable as very few Europeans had crossed Anatolia during the 18th century, due to the prevailing chaotic situation. Jackson kept a daily calendar and detailed accurate notes for each place, as a trained officer. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Rare!
  28. 45.0084
    380,00 €
    Sonnini Charles-Nicolas: “Reise nach Griechenland und der Turkei”. Berlin 1801. First edition in German, in 8vo 20x12cm, contemporary leather over boards, spine richly gilt, one board slightly rubbed, text clean and bright, complete: 414p. and one folded copper engraved view, overall very good condition. Sonnini traveled in Greece and the Levant in 1778-80 but his account had been published only in 1801 in French and in German. He had visited several islands of the Cyclades and Dodecanese in the Archipelago, Crete and Cyprus, as well as Thessaloniki and Smyrna. Very few 18th century travel accounts on Thessaloniki exist and for some of the smaller Aegean islands Sonnini’s account is unique. This German edition has a beautiful view of Greek ladies to weave in the coastline of Kimolos Island, obviously from a fine design made on the spot. Blackmer 1572, Atabey 1156. The German edition is Rare.
  29. 45.0085
    850,00 €
    Willyams: A voyage up the Mediterranean in his majesty s ship the Swiftsure… under the command of Horatio Nelson…with a description of the battle of the Nile. London 1802. First edition. Tall in 4to 28x23cm, contemporary leather over boards, joints nicely restored, very few scattered spotting in some pages, text and plates clean, complete engraved dedication with arms, sepia aquatint double page map and forty (40) full page aquatint views by Stadler after Willyams, overall a very good copy. Willyams was chaplain on H. M. Swiftsure in Nelson’s squadron in the Mediterranean in 1798. He gives an illustrated eye-witness account of the great Nelson victory in the naval battle of Nile. The squadron travelled all around Eastern Mediterranean during 1798-1801 as Nelson tried to annihilate the remaining of the French fleet and cut the provisions towards the French expeditionary force in Egypt. Willyams had the opportunity to visit several Greek islands, as Rhodes and many places in the Levant. The book is very richly illustrated with 40 fine aquatints as he was a painter with talent, including views in Rhodes and fine scenes in the Levant. He provides also several precious information for Nelson. Blackmer 1813, not in Atabey. Scarce work with beautiful views
  30. 45.0086
    360,00 €
    Falconer W.: The Shipwreck, a Poem in three cantos, London 1804. New edition, with extended bibliographical memoir. Tall in 4to 27x19cm. Large, uncut copy. Later leather over boards, light scattered spotting, otherwise a very good copy. Complete [44] 220p. three (3) copper engraved plates and several vignettes, as call for. The Shipwreck, is a famous 18th century poem based in a real shipwreck circumstance in the Greek Archipelago. In the poem the ship sunk in her trip from Crete to Athens. Written by Falconer (1732-1769), a Scottish poet and mariner who was one of the three only survivors of a shipwreck in the Greek seas in 1757 and was first published in 1762 and improved later. It had immediately become a huge success with the fine poetic description blended with the Greek landscapes. The new edition of 1804 had an extended bibliographical memoir and the life of Falconer (who drowned in 1769) and three newly engraved copper plates and vignettes. A fine poetic travel in Greece and the Levant during the 18th century. Rare edition. Blackmer 570
  31. 45.0087
    1.200,00 €
    Bellaire Jacques: Precis des operations generals de la division Francaise du Levant, chargee de la defense des iles de la mer Ionienne, formant aujourdhui la Republique des Sept Isles…observations politiques, topographiques et militaires sur les Iles Ioniennes, sur Ali pacha de Jannina et sur Basse Albanie (Epirus). Paris 1805. First edition. in 8vo 20x23cm, contemporary leather over boards, slightly rubbed, spine richly decorated, complete half title, title [4] 486p. [1] and the big folded map of Corfou, as called for, text completely clean and bright, overall in very good plus condition. Bellaire was a high French military officer who took actively part in all French operations in the Ionian islands and adjacent coasts of Epirus during 1797-98. The lengthy description of the Ionian islands and the adjacent coasts, then part of the French state, are in meticulous details, village by village. Bellaires accuracy was a result of his formation, his eyewitness account, as he had personally toured almost all the islands and forts at the coast, and the extensive use of the official French data then collected in place. By far, the best description of the Ionian part of Greece and Epirus in the late 18th century. Rare account, absent from almost all major collections. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. Very rare work!
  32. 45.0088
    1.600,00 €
    Cornelius de Jong: Reize naar de Middellandsche Zee in de jaren 1777, 1778, 1779, Haarlem 1806. Together: Cornelius de Jong: Reize naar de Middellandsche Zee in de jaren 1783, 1784, 1785, Haarlem 1807. Together: Cornelius de Jong: Reize naar de Middellandsche Zee in de jaren 1786, 1787, 1788, Haarlem 1810-1812. First edition for all three travel accounts. In total 4 volumes (last book in two volumes). Large 8vo, 23x13cm, contemporary paper boards for all volumes slightly rubbed, spine of first book weak with some loss and joint starting, first book: complete, title [18], 281p, and two copper engraved plates, one folding (of a lady of Milos and a view of Kallipoli) as called for, text clean and bright, overall very good. Second book: complete, title [16], 429p. and two folding copper engraved folding views of the Mediterranean, as called for, text clean and bright, overall very good. Third book: complete in two volumes: portrait of de Jong, title [24], 284p., one engraved plate with a costume and for second volume title [16], 292p., and one folding plate with a view, all as called for, text clean and bright, internally in fine conditions all volumes. First and only edition of a complete series of travels of the Dutch mariner and later Captain Cornelius de Jong van Rodenburg (1758-1838) in the Mediterranean between 1777 and 1789. De Jong first travel started in 1777 when did his first trip to Greece on board the Dutch Frigate Thetiss (Θέτις), visiting several islands of the Archipelago, Kithira, Kea, Milos, after Halkida (Negreponte) and Porto Rafti! After Athens he traveled to Tenedos, several ports of the Anatolian coast up to Constantinople and Marmara Sea. He provides important descriptions of all these places, especially of Constantinople and Smyrna. Later these years he visited also Mitilini, Chios and other islands, several ports of Peloponnesus and of the Greek coastland. Extensive accounts for the people, their customs, everyday life as well as commercial data and economic activities. In the 1770s his travels were mainly in the Levant. In the 1780s he had started to sailed and visited several times places in western Mediterranean. These are unique accounts by a mariner. His travels have been adorned with few plates, but they are from original drawings and fine views of Greece and Mediterranean. Mariner s early travel accounts of the outmost rarity. Only four complete copies in public libraries worldwide.
  33. 45.0089
    680,00 €
    Thornton Th.: The present state of Turkey or a description of the political, civil, and religious, constitution and laws of the Ottoman Empire, the finances, military, naval establishments, the state of learning, the manners and domestic economy of the Turks and other subjects of the Grand Signor. London 1809. Second edition with corrections and additions. Large 8vo 22x14cm, 2 volumes complete, contemporary full leather slightly rubbed, 231p. 304p., 428p., 2 folded maps (large copper engraved map of the Turkish Empire 45x41cm and of Constantinople 23x17cm), text clean, overall very good. Thomas Thornton (1762-1814) was a British merchant resident in Constantinople from 1793 to 1807. He paid frequent visits to the Archipelago and Anatolia. He gives a comprehensive account of the political and social institutions of the Ottoman Empire. Thornton possessed an intimate knowledge of his subject, both from his long residence in Constantinople and from his friendship with the European Ambassadors. His work is a very valuable contemporary account. Atabey 1219, Blackmer 1655 (first edition). Rare.
  34. 45.0090
    650,00 €
    Morier James: “A Journey through Persia, Armenia, and Asia Minor, to Constantinople, in the years 1808 and 1809; in which is Included, some Account of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Mission, under Sir Harford Jones... to the Court of the King of Persia”, London, Longman, Hurt et. Al., 1812. First Edition. Tall in 4to. Complete with 26 engraved plates, mostly aquatints and 3 folding engraved maps. Morier was born in Smyrna where his father was Consul-General of the Levant Company in Constantinople. As private secretary to Sir Harford Jones, British Ambassador to the Shah, Morier traveled through Asia Minor and Armenia with the British embassy towards Persia. A very early travel account of these areas, from someone that could understand the local languages, full with valuable information and descriptions. Full contemporary leather paneled with gilt decorations on spine. Occasional spotting and browning. A very good copy. Atabey 836. Scarce.
  35. 45.0091
    760,00 €
    Holland: Travels in the Ionian islands, Albania, Thessaly, Macedonia, during the years 1812-1813. London 1815. First edition. Small Folio 29, 5x22cm, an uncut large copy with ample margins, contemporary publisher s carton covers spine rubbed, few scattered spotting, hinges somehow week, complete 551p., engraved map and 12 beautiful plates with early views of several places in Northern Greece, text and plates clean and bright, overall very good. Holland travelled in places of northern continental Greece, very little known at that time. He spent months in the Court of Ali Pasha in Epirus where he served as a physician. He crossed Pindos to Thessaly and after he did an extensive trip to Macedonia. The fine plates include Ioannina, Larissa, Meteora, Metsovo, Souli, Tempi, Argirokastro etc. Atabey 589, Blackmer 825.
  36. 45.0092
    1.700,00 €
    CLARK Edward.: Travels in various countries of Europe, Asia and Africa. London 1810-1823. FIRST EDITION, IN FOLIO 29x23cm. Complete this impressive work in 6 volumes with all frontis and the one hundred seventy-nine (179) beautiful aquatints and engraved plates, containing fine views of the Levant, including several folded maps. Fine 19th century stamped calf, very slightly rubbed, spines gilt, few spotting and staining, hinges slightly worn, overall a very good set of an extremely rare set to be found complete, as it was published during several years. Clarke, an educated British teacher, travelled with his pupil Cripps in the Levant, starting in 1799 from Russia and through the Crimea arrived in Constantinople. In the following three years they visited many Greek areas, as well as Egypt and Palestine. Later they visited Scandinavia. This travel account provides a vivid picture of the Greek lands including rich information along antiquities, minerals, plants, people, customs, economy etc... It substantially contributed to the knowledge of the contemporary Greek society in Europe. It is richly illustrated with fine aquatints. The first four volumes, which cover the Levant travel, have more than 130 fine views and maps, including beautiful views of Athens and several other places in Greece, as Peloponnese, central Greece, Thessaly, Macedonia, many islands as Naxos, Chios, Rhodes, Cos etc. Clark spent more than a year in Greece. The Folio edition is rare and beautiful, a fine set. Atabey 253, Blackmer 365.
  37. 45.0093
    380,00 €
    [Alexander]: “Picturesque representations of the dress and manners of the Turks”. London 1814. Second edition, tall in 4to 25, 5x18cm, modern cloth over boards, frontis aquatint (plate I), 6p. of introductory text, 60p. of text of the description of plates and 50 beautiful full page aquatints views of costumes, nine missing, very light scattered inoffensive spotting, overall very good collection. A fine collection of plates representing people and costumes of the Levant including Ottoman Turks, Greeks and other nationalities gathered by William Alexander and published by J. Murray. Includes several fine views of Greek ladies from many islands in their traditional dresses and many nationalities of the Levant, as Albanians, Jews, Syrians, Turks and Court officials. All these fine aquatints had been contemporary hand colored and were prepared after original drawings made by Levantine artists. During late 18th and early 19th century several manuscript gatherings of costumes paintings circulated in the Levant. Few have been published in aquatints. Not in Atabey or Blackmer. A fine collection of 50 early contemporary hand-colored costumes of Greece and the Levant.
  38. 45.0094
    1.600,00 €
    Die Elginischen Marmorbilder in Umrissen getreu dargestellt…, Leipzig und Darmstadt [1819]. Together: Die Elginischen Marmorbilder von Gelehrten und Kunstlern, Darmstadt [1817]. First edition in German (complete, text and Atlas) of the famous Elgin marbles publication. Text volume: In 8vo 23x13cm, contemporary slightly spotted paper covers, spine strengthen, text with some scattered moderate spotting in most places, more intense in few pages and at title, complete 95p., Atlas: Royal Folio, 52x35cm, original hard covers slightly rubbed, some light scattered spotting, complete with the impressive 67 plates of drawings of Parthenon marbles, as called for, overall a good copy of an almost unobtainable work of major importance. The transfer of the Elgin Marbles and their purchase by the British Museum, although damaged irreparably Parthenon, opened that time the way to their study. An impressive early 19th century publication of accurate drawings of these exceptional pieces of Greek art has been prepared in London and just after published in Germany also, with fine engravings. Simultaneously, the same period, it has been published a text volume with the first critical study on them. These early publications of the Elgin marbles, especially the impressive plates, which made possible for more people to admire the perfection of ancient Greek sculpture, are actually mostly unobtainable, as very few copies had been printed. Around ten copies survived in public libraries worldwide. An early scientific publication, a milestone for Greece and ancient Greek art. Extremely rare.
  39. 45.0095
    680,00 €
    [Corancez L.]: “Itineraire d une partie peu connue de l Asie Mineure “. Paris 1816. First and only edition. In 8vo 21x13cm, contemporary full leather slightly rubbed at covers, spine very richly gilt, complete 437p. and one large copper engraved folded map, text clean and bright, overall very good condition. Corancez travelled from 1809 to 1812 in Asia Minor, Cyprus and Syria. His account includes very detailed information about many cities and places in southern Anatolia, still completely unexplored and a chapter for Cyprus. He had toured around the island, visiting Famagusta, Larnaca, Kirinia, Nikosia and several villages. Atabey 281, Blackmer 403. A fine travel account.
  40. 45.0096
    780,00 €
    Tancoigne J. Voyage a Smyrne, dans l Archipel et l ile de Candie en 1811, 1812, 1813 et 1814 suivi d une notice sur Pera. Paris 1817. First edition, in 12o 15x9cm, two volumes in one, contemporary hard boards tired, inside fine. Complete 176p., 150p. two copper engraved folded big plates, as call for. A very good copy. Tancoigne made three trips to Constantinople and Smyrna. He also spent three years to Crete, as a French consul. His work is precious especially for Crete, very few visited that time. Atabey 1192, Blackmer 1628.
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