This is the fourth collected edition but the first with the supplement on the lives of the Turkish sultans containing eleven portraits. This is the second issue of volume 1, the first issue is dated 1576 on the title-page.
The eleven portraits are based on a collection of portraits presented by the Turkish admiral Barbarossa to Virginio Orsini in Marseilles which came into the possession of Giovio. It then emerged that they were similar to another collection which Giovio had acquired earlier. The portrait of Mehmet II is supposed to be based on that by Gentile Bellini, which Giovio also claimed was in his own collection.
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