Driesch, Gerard Cornelius van den. Historische Nachricht von der Röm. Kayserl. Groß-Botschafft nach Constantinopel [...].

Nuremberg, Peter Conrad Monath, 1723.

4to. (18), 494, (38) pp. With engr. frontispiece and 12 (instead of 13) engr. plates (2 folding). Contemp. calf with giltstamped spine label. Edges sprinkled in red.


First authorized German edition. Driesch, a native of Cologne, was secretary to Damian Hugo von Pyrmont, ambassador of Charles VI to the Sublime Porte, in which capacity he went to Constantinople in 1719. "Contains unprejudiced accounts of the oriental customs" (cf. Griep/L.). Seven of the plates show portraits, the others show the entrance of the delegation, the audience, a Turkish bath, etc.

Complete save for the plan of Constantinople. Occasional slight browning and waterstaining; binding professionally restored. From the library of the Budapest numismatist and collector Béla Procopius (1868-1945), sometime Hungarian ambassador to Athens, with his stamp on the title page.

Atabey 362. Weber II, 484. Lipperheide Lb 29. Hiler 248. Griep/L. 364. Not in Blackmer.

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