by BUSBEC, Augher Ghislen [also: Ogier Ghislain de Busbecq] (1522-1592).
Leiden:: Elzeviriana, 1633., 1633. 12mo. 575,  pp. Elaborate engraved architectural title (Sofia Mosque with crescent Moon on the dome), index; small red rubberstamp on first page of chapter 1, occasional early underlining. Contemporary full vellum, ms. spine title. Bookseller's ticket of William Salloch, inside rear cover, early red rubber-stamp on dedication page (over the text) with three initials and a crown, early notes written neatly on rear endpaper. Very good. Rare. FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, of Augher Busbec's [Busbequius] famous Turkish letters, or Epistles, relating his experience and observations as ambassador to Turkey. Augher Busbec, Flemish traveler and writer, was appointed ambassador, in 1554, to the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), one of the most important of all Ottoman emperors. Augher Busbec was himself in the service of the emperor Ferdinand I of the Austrian empire, which he served in the Ottoman state from 1555-1562 and again in 1566. It also contains, de Re Militari contra Turcam instituend? consilium [pp. 393-462]: "He acquired a perfect knowledge of the state of the Ottoman empire, and the true means of attacking it with success; on which subject he composed a very judicious discourse. . . " – Chalmers. Alexander Chalmers calls Busbec "an extraordinary genius," was himself very well educated. It is known that Busbec collected valuable manuscripts, rare coins and curious inscriptions and rare plants, which he had delivered to Vienna, including some 240 ancient Greek manuscripts, and the famous illustrated Dioscorides. His own writings display considerable insight into Turkish politics and further provide an interesting account of affairs at the French court. Finally, in the service of Rudolf II (1552-1612), as the Holy Roman Emperor (1576-1612), on a trip to the Low Countries, a party of soldiers who assaulted and robbed him, at which time he became feverish, and never recovered. / Brunet, I, co. 1417; Encyclopedia Britannica, IV, pp. 868-867; Chalmers, Biographical Dictionary, vol. VII, 1813; Graesse, I, p. 580; Sandys, A History of Classical Scholarship, II, p. 305; III, p. 377; Willems 380. See: Charles Thornton Forster & F. H. Blackburne Daniel, eds., The Life and Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, (London: Kegan Paul, 1881), 2 vols.
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