Philippus Lonicer - Chronicorum Turcicorum - 1578

Philippus Lonicer - Chronicorum Turcicorum - 1578
History, Illustrated, Militaria - Quantity: 1 - Book

LONICER, Phillip (d. 1599). Chronicorum Turcicorum tomus primus [-tertius]. Frankfurt: Sigismund Feyrabend for Johann Feyrabend, 1578.

FIRST EDITION. Folio, three volumes in one, (322 x 210mm),contemporary german blindstamped pigskin on boards, with owner’s initials and date (1597) restored ( see pictures) five -ribs spine with labelled title, red edges, scattered contemporary marginal notes, woodcut title vignettes and illustrations, historiated initials of various size. With blanks kk4,*4, lacks blank yy4 in volume III.

Collation: 1) ff. [ I of IV, 3 leaves missing], 130, [iv]. )( , A-Z , a-h , i , k . (k4 blank). 2) pp. [viii], 255, [i]. sign: (a, A-D, E-Z , a-g . 3) ,ff. [iv], 271, [v]. (*) sign: , A-Z , a-2z . All the three title-pages present, the first one probably from another copy.

Each part with separate title and colophon, Italic letter in various sizes, some Roman. Each title with fine woodcut of Turks, historiated woodcut initials, woodcut tail-pieces, 206 large-size woodcuts (mm.150 X 100) by Jost Amman in text, depicting notable leaders, battles and other great events, two fascinating large woodcut printer's devices.

Light age yellowing, a nice and clean copy, with the cuts neatly impressed.Despite of the minor incompleteness, a fine copy of one of the best illustrated and important historical account on the ottoman empire. A rare and truly valuable book, here offered with a minimal reserve price.

First edition of one of the most renowned collection of ancient texts about the Turks – their culture, customs, and history. Phillip Lonicer, brother of the German naturalist Adam Lonicer, contributed the general account of the Turks in volume 1 which also contains works by Menavino, Aventinus and Georgievitz.

The woodcuts, which include portraits of sultans, battle scenes, embassies and executions, are attributed to Jost Amman. Lonicer's monumental history of the Turks was the outstanding work on the subject of its day. It begins with Lonicer's own account of Turkish origins, the lives of the Sultans up to Selimann II, and their military, civil, religious and political organization. . There is no other comparable work of the period on the Ottoman Empire either for the comprehensiveness of its information or the quality and vigour of Amman's illustrations.

Ref :BM STC Ger. p. 525. Göllner 1695. Blackmer 1030. Graesse III 256. Hammer 1090. 2215 Adams L-1455. USTC 621419.

Lot details
Number of Books
History, Illustrated, Militaria
Author/ Illustrator
Philippus Lonicer
Book Title
Chronicorum Turcicorum
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Binding/ Material
Number of pages
322×210 mm
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