BOISSARD, JEAN JACQUES (1508-1602. WAHRE ABBIILDUNGEN DER TURCKISCHEN KAYSER UND PERSISCHEN FURSTEN. FRANKFURT: JOHANN AMMON, 1648.
Small 4to (7 3/8 x 6 in.; 18.7 x 15.2 cm.). Letterpress title within engraved historiated border and 47 fine engraved portrait plates by Theodore de Bry after Joris Hoefnagel, each within elaborate border of flowers, insects, animals and cartouches; title-page lightly browned, pale water staining in lower margin of some leaves affecting the image. 18th-century half calf, gilt; extremities a little worn.
Second Edition in German, first published in Latin in Frankfurt by Theodore de Bryophytes in 1596. “This beautiful book contains portraits of the Sultans from Osman I to Murad III and also includes portraits of Scanderberg and his family [their Christian opponents], Tammas Khuli Khan, Barbarossa, Roxelana the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent, and pashas of the Ottoman Empire. The portraits were engraved by Theodore de Bry after drawings by Hoefnagel who apparently took them from medals brought from Constantinople. The portraits are circular within elaborate borders composed of fruits, animals and grotesques within a strap work frame
PROVENANCE: 19th-century manuscript bibliographical note on verso of the front free endpaper, and faint small ownership ink stamp on front flyleaf of laurel wreath with text that appears to read "EX BIBL CONST KARA (rest illegible), probably from the library of Constantin Carathéodory (1873-1950), a Greek mathematician who spent most of his professional career in Germany and made significant contributions to the theory of functions of a real variable, the calculus of variations, and measure theory. REFERENCES: Atabey 125; Blackmer 159 (edition of 1596); Maria Georgiadou, Constantin Carathéodory: Mathematics and Politics in Turbulent Times (Springer, 2004), pp. 444-447. # 72lib37