16th century account of the Prophet's life and of Turkish customs

Knaust (Cnustinus), Heinrich / [Georgijevic (Djurdjevic), Bartolomej]. Mahometische Genealogia Das ist vom Beschreibung, herkommen unnd Absterben Machemetis, darinnen der gantzen Türckey mit ihrem Provintzen, Völckern, Ursprung, Zunemmen, Reisen, Reichthumen, Glauben, Gesatzen, Gewonheiten, Sitten, Regimenten [...].

Berlin, no printer, 1596.

4to (162 x 202 mm). (12), 128 pp. Modern marbled boards.

 3,500.00

Posthumous edition, under a new title (and with the author's name misspelt "Enustinus" for "Cnustinus"), of Knaust's 1542 pamphlet "Von geringem Herkommen, schentlichem Leben, schmehlichem Ende des Turckischen Abgots Mahomets". The jurist and poet Knaust (ca. 1521-77) published on a wide range of topics; "his popular-scientific works, written mainly for young readers and interested laymen, proved especially successful" (cf. NDB XII, 167). From p. 33 onwards the book contains an updated German version of the oft-reprinted and anthologized "Cronica und Beschreibung der Türckey" (1530) by the former slave Bartolomej Georgijevic from Transsylvania (Georgius de Hungaria).

Variously browned throughout with a few insignificant waterstains in the margins; occasional 18th century pencil annotations. Rare.

VD 16, K 1434. Chauvin XI, 502. Göllner 2200. BM-STC German 473. Boecler 169. Draudius 531. Hammer 1305. Kertbeny 1190. Szabó III, 873. Veress 128.