Sturm, Johannes. De bello adversus turcas perpetuo administrando.

Jena, [Tobias Steinmann], 1598.

8vo. (8), "219" (but: 217) pp.

(Includes, with separate title-page): De bello turcico perpetuo administrando. Ibid., 1598. (8), 59, (13) pp.

(And:) Epistolae de bello turcico perpetuo administrando. Ibid., 1598. (20) ff. With two woodcut printer's devices to first and second title. 18th century half calf over marbled boards with traces of a giltstamped spine label.


Only edition of this discussion of the 16th century's endless skirmishes and wars on the Ottoman-Habsburg border, posthumously published by Nicolaus Reusner during the early years of the Long Turkish War that had broken out in 1593. The humanist Johannes Sturm (1507-89) had been a friend of Melanchthon, Erasmus and Vesalius. "He established a celebrated school at Strasbourg in 1538, raised to the rank of academy by Maximilian II in 1566, and which was run according to Sturm's principle that a school was a state in miniature" (Blackmer). The anonymous printer was formerly thought to have been Donat Richtzenhan (BM), but VD 16 now identifies him as Tobias Steinmann. The three parts appear to have been issued separately, and the copies in Cambridge and the British Library comprise only the first two parts.

Some browning throughout. Removed from the Imperial Russian Military Academy with their bookplate to front pastedown.

VD 16, S 9913. BM-STC German 840. Adams S 1986. Blackmer 1619. Göllner II, 2343-2345. Schefer 2262. Boecler 219. Hammer 1344.