The sieges of Buda and Malta

Kober, Tobias. Historica descriptio rerum, circa Budam metropolin regni Ungariae, mense octobri, anno MDXCVIII gestarum.

Leipzig, Abraham Lamberg, 1599.

8vo. (16), 94, (2) pp. With woodcut title border.

(Bound with) II: La Grange, Claude de. De bello Melitensi a Solimano Turcarum principe gesto. [Geneva], Gabriel Cartier, 1582. 62 pp. With woodcut printer's device. Contemporary full vellum with giltstamped arms (upper cover) and ownership (lower cover) of Joachim Enzmilner, Duke of Windhaag (dated 1650). Traces of ties.


I: An account of the Christians' ineffective siege of Buda, then in the hands of the Ottomans, in October 1598. Previously, the Imperial troops under the command of Adolf von Schwarzenberg had successfully retaken the fortresses of Györ and Veszprém. Rare; a single copy located via VD 16 (ULB Halle).

II: Bound after this is La Grange's concise account of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta, when the Knights Hospitaller defended the island of Malta against an attempted invasion by the Ottoman navy.

Occasional slight browning; some worming to gutter and binding. From the library of Joachim Enzmilner, Duke of Windhaag, with his arms and ownership on the covers and contemporary note "Ex Bibliotheca Windhagiana" on the title page of the first work. The 20,000 volume collection of the German jurist and statesman Enzmilner later formed the nucleus of Vienna's University library.


I: VD 16, ZV 9032. Németh H 977. Not in Apponyi.

II: GLN 2974. Göllner 1746. Hammer 1070. Riant 3882.