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Rocca, Vicente
Hystoria en la qual se trata dela origen y guerras que han tenido los Turcos, desde su comienco hasta nuestros tiempos. Con muy notables sucessosque con diversas getes y nasciones les han acotecido: y de las costubres y vida dllos
Valencia: , 1555. Remarkable Spanish treatise on the Turks, first and only edition. 1555. Valencia. Juan Navarro. In folio (303 mm x 214 mm). 4 ff. + cliii. Eighteenth century stiff vellum, raised bands to spine, lettered in ink, head restored. A fine, wide-margined and unsophisticated copy, with only minor scattered foxing. First and only edition of the best 16th century work on the Turks. During the greater part of century of discoveries, Soliman the Magnificent?s expansion through the Mediterranean and across central Europe threatened Europe and Spain to the point only a large-scale invasion could. Valencian-born Rocca narrates the campaigns, battles and privateering activities of the Bereberes on the coasts of Valencia and Andalucia. The Hystoria is divided into three parts, the first deals with the crusades done to Jerusalem, the second with victories of Charles V and Venice over the Turks at the African coasts, and the third deals extensively with the way of life and customs of the Turks ?which allows us a glimpse of Spanish perception of what was one of the greatest nations of the 16th century. The work has been considered rare and important from the date of Salva. It is considerably rare, no copies are traced at auction in over 30 years. It is handsomely printed in two columns, with large engraved device to title page, gothic types. Salva, 3388. Palau, 271434.
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