Postel, Guillaume. De la Republique des Turcs: & La ou l'occasion s'offera, des meures, & Loy de Tous Muhamedistes [Histoire et Consideration de l'origine, loy, et Coustumes Des Tartares, Persiens, Arabes, Turcs & Toutes Autes Ismaelites ou Muhamediques.... La Tiere Partie des Orientales Histoires].

Poitiers, Enguibert de Marnef, 1560.

Three parts in one volume. 4to. 220 x 155 mm. Woodcut device on general and parts titles. Early blindstamped calf, rebacked and refurbished retaining most of original spine.


First edition, second issue. Guillaume Postel travelled to Constantinople in 1535 as official interpreter to the embassy of Jean de La Fort to the Turkish sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent. He returned there in 1549, and was also the author of the first Arabic grammar in French. "His work is not so much a descriptive account of his travels as a compendium of information gleaned while traveling and from other sources. The third book, 'La Tierce Partie des Orientales Histoires', furnished an usually complete and accurate picture fo the governing system of the Ottoman Empire" (Blackmer).

Without final blank ff6, 2 single wormholes in lower margin of opening few leaves, small repair at inner lower corner of opening 2 leaves, early ownership inscription on first title.

Cf. Adams P2015. Atabey 977. Blackmer 1335.