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The history of the Knights of Malta
London: Pr. for G. Strahan, F. Gyles, Woodman & Lyon, et al. Tall folio (34.3 cm, 13.5"). 2 vols. I: [8], 487, [1], 180 pp.; 1 fold. map, 2 maps, 49 plts. II: [2], 220, 143, [1], 196, [24 (index)], 3, [1 (adv.)] pp.; 22 plts., 1 fold. map, 1 double-p. map.. 1728 First edition in English. In 1715 the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta appointed the Abbé de Vertot as historiographer of the order, and in 1726 Vertot published the Histoire des chevaliers hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jerusalem — an influential and oft-cited work, although the order itself felt certain portions not entirely to its taste. This is the first English translation, illustrated with => 71 portraits of Grand Masters et al. engraved by Laurent Cars, Jean-François Cars, and others; the => maps of the area, fortifications, and the Hospitallers' military exploits were done by Guillaume Delisle and Charles Amadeus de Berey. Also present are Vertot's "Dissertation on Zizim" and "Proofs of the History of the Knights Hospitallers" (which include document texts in Latin and French) and his "Discourse upon the Alcoran," originally presented at the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres in 1724. Recent quarter calf over marbled paper sides, old style: round spine, raised bands, gilt beading on bands and gilt double rules above and below each; gilt leather spine labels and gilt center devices in five compartments. Vol. I: occasional light smudges or spots of staining, some plates with mild to moderate foxing; one leaf with short tears from upper margin, touching header but not text; one leaf with tear from upper edge extending into text without loss; one plate with short tear and resulting crease at lower inner corner, not touching image; one plate with a few early inked doodles on reverse. First map with two short edge tears not touching image, one small closed hole touching outer border only. Vol. II: many leaves with mild to moderate foxing mostly confined to margins; two leaves with worming in lower margins, not touching text; one lower outer corner chipped. Paper variously age-toned, with intermittent creasing or cockling. => A strong, agreeable set of this significant, and significantly well-illustrated, work of religious, military, and social history.
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