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Lettere del Gran Mahumeto, Imperadore de Turchi.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito G.G. de’ Ferrari, 1563 - 192pp. Title with woodcut device and head-piece, old small armorial stamp to title, new endpapers, contemporary limp vellum. First Italian (second issue), and apparently the earliest vernacular edition of the celebrated Epistolae Magni Turchi, a best-selling fifteenth century literary invention by Laudivius Zacchia of Vezzano. Translated here by the ubiquitous Lodovic Dolce, these letters purport to represent the correspondence of Mahomet II, the living conqueror of Constantinople and Byzantium, with governors and potentates from Persia to the Mediterranean islands, Greece, and Italy - through which Laudivio could highlight Turkish/Islamic territorial ambitions, as well as (by implication) political and ethical differences between East and West not always to the credit of his Christian contemporaries. The little collection proved hugely popular, calling for more than twenty incunabular editions, all now individually rare, and further reprints in the 16th and 17th century, including the English version of 1607 titled ‘The Turkes Secretorie’, which took them (historically) at face value. In many of these, the short text is paired, suggestively, with the fabricated letters of Phalaris, the 6th century BC tyrant of Agrigemto. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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