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In Contemporary Red Morocco

SANSOVINO, Francesco. Historia Universale dell'Origine Guerre, et Imperio de Turchi con le vite de tutti gl'imperatori ottomanni dal Maiolini Bisaccioni. Venice, Sebastian Combi & Giovanni La Noze, 1654.

Large 4to., (16), 471, 522, (6) ff. Bound in contemporary red morocco, probably Roman, with spine and covers richly gilt.


Stunning copy of this "important and influential history of the Ottoman Empire, based on an important collection of source material, which includes Leonard of Chios letter on the fall of Constantinople, Spandugino's account of Ottoman life and manners, and the accounts of Giovio, Menavino, Barletius and others.- Atabey 1088 The work first appeared in 1560-61 and saw numerous editions.

* Blackmer 1487; Atabey 1088 (1560/1). Further: Elena Bonora, Ricerche su Francesco Sansovino : imprenditore librario e letterato (1994).

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