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COMENTARI DELLA MOSCOVIA ET PARIMENTE DELLA RUSSIA, & DELLE ALTRE COSE BELLE & NOTABILI
Venice: Giaon Battista Pedrezzano, 1550.. [12],90 leaves (including six full-page woodcuts on three leaves), plus folding map. Small quarto. Modern stiff vellum, manuscript spine lettering. Bookplate of noted collectors Laura and Valerian Lada-Mocarski on front pastedown. Very minor scattered soiling. Map laid onto modern paper and tipped to rear board. Very good. The first Italian edition, and second overall, of Sigismund von Herberstein's Notes on Russia, first published in 1549 under the Latin title RERUM MOSCOVITICARUM COMMENTARII. Herberstein was born in the Hapsburg Empire, in present-day Slovenia. He served as a diplomat an member of the Imperial Council. In his role as diplomat he served as the Imperial Ambassador to Russia, and he is most noted for his writings on the customs and history of Russia. The handsome woodcuts show the accoutrements of a warrior, mounted warriors on horses, and a charming scene of sleighing and skiing. A handsome edition of this important work. The first edition is exceedingly rare and no copies appear in auction records. The only copy of this edition to appear in the last thirty years realized 8750 pounds ($13,567) net at Sotheby's London in 2012. MORTIMER, HARVARD ITALIAN BOOKS, 229.
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