Barleti, Historia... Georgio Castrioto, detto Scanderbego, Venice, 1554, contemporary limp vellum
Historia del magnanimo... Georgio Castrioto detto Scanderbego, dignissimo Principe de gli Albani [translated by Pietro Rocca]. Venice: Francesco Rocca (Giovanni Griffo, for Francesco and Pietro Rocca, 1554)
8vo (153 x 100mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut initials, with final blank leaf, contemporary limp vellum with foredge flaps and some new lacing, upper hinge broken, lacking two pairs of ties
Barleti's biography of George Castriot or Scanderbeg (a nickname derived from Alexander the Great, "Iskander Bey") was first printed in Latin in Rome in around 1510 and quickly translated into other European languages; this is probably the first Italian edition. Scanderbeg had spent his youth at the court of Sultan Amurath II but on the death in around 1443 of his father, John Castriot, Scanderbeg returned to Albania and repeatedly repelled the Turks from his territory for decades, to the delight and relief of Christian Europe.
Barleti was Albanian himself, from the town of Scutari, which fell to the Ottomans in 1479; he also wrote an account of that siege.
Frater Chrisostomus Siculus, calligraphic inscription on inside front cover
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