Kurtzer Bericht von der eroberten Stadt und Vestung Graan, sambt denen Accords-Puncten welche nach 4 tägiger Belägerung, den 27 Octobr. geschlossen worden. Anbey auch ein Extract-Schreiben vom Herzog von Lothringen an Ihre Käys. Mäytt. de dato Graan vom 28 Octobris 1683.

Regensburg, Paul Dalnsteiner, [1683].

4to, ff. [4], with a small woodcut of a mounted messenger on title; browned; old red paper spine.

£300

Approximately:
US $0€0

Make an enquiry

A rare newsletter relating the siege of Esztergom (Gran), the old primatial see of Hungary which had been in Turkish hands since 1605. ‘The Turkish grand vizir Kara Mustafa Pasha had failed in dismal fashion in the unforgettable siege of Vienna (from 14 July to 12 September 1683), the Ottoman disaster of the century. In their retreat the Turks were badly defeated on 9 October at Parkány (Štúrovo), and after a brief seige they had to give up Esztergom . . . . Several thousand Turks had perished at Parkány, but the Turks surrendered Esztergom (on 26 October) with hardly any loss of life which was, nevertheless, another serious setback for Kara Mustafa, whose future now looked dim. And indeed it was. He was strangled at Belgrade on 25 December by order of Sultan Mehmed IV’ (K. M. Setton, Venice, Austria and the Turks in the seventeenth century p. 271). The newsletter contains an extract from a letter purportedly written at Esztergom on 28 October by the imperialist commander Charles of Lorraine.

This is one of two editions. The other edition is without place or printer but bears the words ‘Gedruckt den 1/11 November’ on the title.

Apponyi 1042; VD17 12:621186K, recording two copies only (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Wolfenbüttel). OCLC records Harvard and Yale only in the US.

You may also be interested in...

BAIKIE, James.

The glamour of Near East excavation. An account of the treasure-hunt for the buried art, wisdom & history of the ancient east, from the Nile to Babylon, the adventures, disappointments & triumphs of the hunters, & the knowledge thus acquired of the ancient world.

First edition. Baikie ‘was one of the best authors in the field of popular books on Egyptology, due to his association with many of the leading figures of his day, like Petrie’ (Dawson & Uphill, Who was who in Egyptology pp. 14–15). ‘The point of view throughout the book is avowedly that which is suggested by its title. To the writer’s mind, there is no more romantic story than that of the resurrection of the great historic past which has been and is being accomplished by the excavators of the present, and, in accordance with this belief stress all through has been laid upon the excavator’s methods, constantly developing and improving in refinement, his adventures, his triumphs and his disappointments’ (preface).

Read more

SCOWEN & CO.

Kigelia Pinnata,

Charles Scowen arrived in Ceylon around 1873 and was initially an assistant to R. Edley, the Commission Agent in Kandy before opening a photographic studio around 1876. By 1885 his photography firm had studios in Colombo and Kandy. Scowen was a later arrival to Ceylon than Skeen and his work is less well-known, but: ‘Much of Scowen’s surviving work displays an artistic sensibility and technical mastery which is often superior to their longer-established competitor. In particular, the botanical studies are outstanding…’ (Falconer, J. and Raheem, I., Regeneration: a reappraisal of photography in Ceylon 1850 –1900, p. 19). In the early 1890s the firm was being run by Mortimer Scowen, a relative of Charles Scowen. By about 1894 the firm’s stock of negatives had been acquired by the ‘Colombo Apothecaries Co Ltd’.

Read more