From the library of a travelling Turkish scholar

Romanus (Roomen), Adrianus (van). Parvum theatrum urbium sive urbium praecipuarum totius orbis brevis et methodica descriptio. Urbium praecipuarum totius orbis brevis et methodica descriptio [...].

Frankfurt, Nicolaus Basse, 1595.

4to. (8), 365 [but: 371], (25) pp. Title page printed in red and black. With 67 half-page woodcuts in the text (mostly views of cities) and woodcut printer's device. Contemporary vellum with multiple gilt and blindstamped cover fillets, large gilt lozenge-shaped central compartment with heraldic supralibros bearing the legend "Nicolaus Haunolt Sac[rae] Caes[aris] M[ajesta]tis [...] Secretarius". Corner fleurons; spine sparsely gilt.


First edition; reprinted without changes in 1608. "Contains descriptions of Florida, New-France, New-Spain, Nova Galicia, Yucatan, Cuba, Brazil, Peru, etc." (Sabin). Also with views of Constantinople, Jerusalem, Genoa, London, Rostock, Rome, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Zurich, Genf, Bremen, Dresden, Geneva, Lubeck, Cologne, Leipzig, Mainz, Marburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Strasbourg, Trier, Ulm, Venice, Wittenberg and many others.

From the library and with the bookplate of Nicolaus Haunolt, whose biography can be traced up to the year 1586 (cf. Yerasimos, Stephane. Les voyageurs dans l'Empire Ottoman (XIVe-XVIe siécles). Ankara 1991. In: Turkish Biographical Archive G 18, 68). However, other books from the Imperial secretary's library printed as late as 1597 could be established in public and private collections.

Slightly browned throughout; last f. has small section cut out (no loss to text). Title page with ms. ownership of the Piarists' school in Tata near Györ (dated 1767). Very pretty and well-preserved copy in a decorative contemporary binding with interesting provenance.


VD 16, R 3024. Adams R 694. Bachmann 14. Muller 1376. Sabin 73000. Alden 595.