Itinera Constantinopolitanum et Amasianum ab Augerio Gislenio Busbequij, &c. D. ad Solimannum Turcarum Imperatorem C. M. oratore confecta. Eiusdem Busbequij de acie contra Turcam instruenda consilium. Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Augerius Gislenius Busbequius.
Itinera Constantinopolitanum et Amasianum ab Augerio Gislenio Busbequij, &c. D. ad Solimannum Turcarum Imperatorem C. M. oratore confecta. Eiusdem Busbequij de acie contra Turcam instruenda consilium.
Itinera Constantinopolitanum et Amasianum ab Augerio Gislenio Busbequij, &c. D. ad Solimannum Turcarum Imperatorem C. M. oratore confecta. Eiusdem Busbequij de acie contra Turcam instruenda consilium.
Early Travelogue to the Ottoman Empire

Itinera Constantinopolitanum et Amasianum ab Augerio Gislenio Busbequij, &c. D. ad Solimannum Turcarum Imperatorem C. M. oratore confecta. Eiusdem Busbequij de acie contra Turcam instruenda consilium.

Antverpiae [Antwerp]: Ex officina Christophori Plantini, Architypographi Regij [Plantin], MDLXXXI [1581]. First edition. In later vellum, panels with painted subtle Turkish floral patterns, ruled with embossed geometric pattern and a gilt line. Raised bands on spine embossed and gilt, title lettered in black and red ink. Wood cut printer’s device on title page. 167, (1) p. 8º: A1–K8; L4. Modest marginal notes and underlines throughout in ink by contemporary hand. Light water stain to upper edge throughout. Overall in fine condition.

First edition of Busbecq’s “Turkish Letters” the travelogue of the Habsburg ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.

Oghier Ghiselin de Busbecq was a Flamish writer and diplomat with a wide range of scholarly interests, as a linguist, antiquarian, zoologist and botanist. Between 1555 and 1562 he served as Ferdinand I’s ambassador to the Sublime Porte under the rule of Suleiman the Magnificent. While in Constantinople, Busbecq corresponded with a fellow Habsburg diplomat about his experiences and travels, and later he compiled these letters into this volume. The book, which is one of the earliest piece of travel literature, gives an accurate portrait of the daily life, politics, religion, history, landscapes, plants, animals, scientific achievements, arts, the court life of the Ottoman Empire and even Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent himself. It is also known as the single source of the dialect spoken by Crimean Goths with its list of some eighty words and a song recorded in the language.

Scarce first edition of this early travelogue to the Ottoman Empire.

NB 6254.; USTC 401866.; BT 5345.; Adams B-3329.; Blackmer Catalogue 248.; Goellner 1732.; Voet 851.

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Price: €8,000.00