A chronicle of the first twelve sultans

(Traut, Veit). Türkischer Kayser Ankunfft, Krieg, und Sig, wider die Christen, biß auff den Zwelfften yetzt Regierenden Tyrannen Soleymannum [...].

Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1543.

Folio (185 x 292 mm). (2), XXIII ff. With title woodcut, 13 woodcuts in the text (one partly coloured), and one full-page woodcut on verso of final leaf. Modern boards with giltstamped red label to spine.


First edition of this interesting chronicle of Ottoman history arranged as a series of short chapters, each dedicated to one of the twelve sultans who reigned up to 1543, ending with Suleiman I. The woodcut illustrations, mostly taken from Steiner's 1533 German edition of Marino Barlezio's Scanderbeg biography (and some from the 1532 "Itinerary"), show the principal events during the reign of each, mostly scenes of sieges and battles. The full-page woodcut by Leonhard Beck originates from the famous "Theuerdank", the poetic work by Emperor Maximilian I, and shows the protagonist on horseback.

From the library of Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf.

VD 16, T 1838. Adams 1139. BM-STC German 867. Göllner I, 810. Apponyi 1726. Kertbeny 587. Riant 3522.

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