1366. [Ottoman Empire]
Sm. 4to: -41-[2-1 bl.] pp.
Late 19th-c. dark brown morocco signed Allô & Wampflug, covers with gilt crowned arms within double gilt-ruled border, spine with 5 raised bands and gilt title and monogram "VM" in gilt-ruled compartments, gilt sides, gilt orn. inside dentelles, a.e.g., marbled endpapers (corners, head & tail very lightly rubbed). Very good copy in a luxury binding.
First Dutch edition of the prophetic visions of the Byzantine Emperors Leo VI and Severus on the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Ill. with 16 engr. plates showing slightly emblematic scenes featuring i.a. sultans Mehmet II and Suleiman I, animals such as unicorns, nursing bears, eagles, ravens, wolves, snakes, etc. Each plate is followed by an epigram and/or explication. Large woodcut on title showing the Ottomans reaching Constantinople.
Ref. Waller 1389. - STCN. - Not in BL.
Prov. Victor Masséna, 5th Prince d'Essling and 3rd Duke of Rivoli (1836-1910), French politician and book collector (gilt crowned arms on covers with the family motto "Victor et fidelis"; repeated gilt monogram "VM" on spine). Ref. Livres à figures provenant de la bibliothèque du Prince d'Essling, part 1: Italie, Allemagne, Espagne, Suisse, Hollande et Belgique du XVe au XVIIIe siècle (Zürich, Hoepli, 1939): lot n. 228 is our copy: "Bel exemplaire".
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