View full screen - View 1 of Lot 24. Demetrius Cantemir | The history of the growth and decay of the Othman Empire. 1734, folio, contemporary calf.
24

Demetrius Cantemir | The history of the growth and decay of the Othman Empire. 1734, folio, contemporary calf

Demetrius Cantemir | The history of the growth and decay of the Othman Empire. 1734, folio, contemporary calf

Demetrius Cantemir | The history of the growth and decay of the Othman Empire. 1734, folio, contemporary calf

Authenticity guarantee

What is guaranteed?

Demetrius Cantemir

The history of the growth and decay of the Othman Empire… translated into English … by N. Tindal. London: James, John, and Paul Knapton, 1734


FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 2 parts in one volume, folio (331 x 210mm.), mezzotint portrait frontispiece of the author, list of subscribers, folding engraved plan of Constantinople, 22 engraved portraits of Ottoman sultans by C. Du Bosc after original portraits in the Seraglio, contemporary German speckled calf, spine in compartments with raised bands gilt, short tears to folding plan, portrait with horizontal crease (possibly supplied), occasional minor spotting and dust-stains, joints starting, extremities rubbed


SUBSCRIBER'S COPY (see provenance). Cantemir deserted his Turkish overlordship and went to Russia to join Peter the Great, where he wrote his history in Latin. The manuscript was brought to London by his son Antiochus as a present to George I, from which Tindal made his translation, published in twenty monthly instalments (see R.M. Wiles, Serial Publication in England before 1750 (Cambridge, 1957), p.297 and passim).


LITERATURE:

Atabey 190; Blackmer 294


PROVENANCE:

1. Droste von Reiche, armorial bookplate, listed in the subscribers as "Mr De Reich, Privy Secretary for Hanover"


The University Library of Göttingen has a copy of Sir John Harington’s Nugae antiquae (London, 1769-75) which bears the bookplate of Droste von Reiche and was included in the sale of books from the privy counsellor's house in Hanover in May 1780. (G. Jefcoate (ed.) A catalogue of English Books printed before 1801 held by the University Library of Göttingenm (Hildesheim, 2017), part 4, volume 2, item 5678.


2. Schröder [...], signature on preliminary blank

Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate


Please note that Condition 12 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.