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Nadányi, János (c.1643-1707)], [HOWELL, James, translator]
Florus Hungaricus: or the History of Hungaria and Transylvania, Deduced from the Original of that Nation, and their setling in Europe in the Year of our Lord 461, To this Dangerous and Suspectful Period of that Kingdome by the present Turkish Invasion, Anno 1664
London: Printed by W. G. for Henry Marsh, 1664. [Hungarian History]. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Octavo (17 x 11cm), pp.[18] 32; 49-302 [2]. Later nineteenth or early twentieth century dark brown full calf with gilt titles to red label on spine. Several black ink ownership inscriptions to recto of the first original leaf, including a note recording payment for the book, possibly its very first purchase. Some old repair work to this first leaf. Textblock browned with some spotting, especially to preliminaries. Boards worn with some surface cracking to the leather, upper board bowed, some rubbing and chipping to extremities. Scarce with only ten copies recorded on copac. Nadányi's family had ruled his home town of Körösladány in Hungary since the thirteenth century, but during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Turkish invasions radically altered the power dynamics of the area. János was sent to the Low Countries for his education, where he published this short history of Hungary in Latin in 1663. Having toured Europe, including England, where he likely arranged for this translation to be produced, he returned home to become a lecturer, and later a priest. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB [Royal Tunbridge Wells, KENT, United Kingdom]
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