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Guillelmi Caonrsin [sic] Rhodiorum Uicecancellarij: obsidionis Rhodie urbis descriptio

Author: Caoursin, Guillaume, -1501.
Production / publication: Ulm : Johann Reger, 24 October 1496 Description: 60 unnumbered leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 30 cm (folio).General note: Title from caption at incipit on leaf a2 recto. Imprint from colophon on leaf h6 recto which reads: "Jmpressum vlme p[er] ioanne[m] Reger. Anno d[omi]ni [et]c[etera] .M cccc xcvj. Die .xxiiii. Octob[ris]". Printed in Gothic letter, 47 lines to the page, no pagination, 36 full-page woodcut illustrations and 10 woodcut initials throughout. Signatures: a-f⁸ g-h⁶.Citation/References note: Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, ic00113000Ownership note: Bookplate of Francis Augustus Brooks (1824-1902) on front pastedown; acquired for the Library of the Order of St. John in 1919 with funds donated by 18 members of the Order.Binding note: Bound in contemporary parchment and housed in a green buckram slipcase.Other title: Rhodiorum historia (1480-89) | Guillelmi Caoursin Rhodiorum Vicecancellarii: obsidionis Rhodie urbis descriptio.Subject(s): Knights of Malta -- Greece -- Rhodes (Island) -- History | Rhodes (Greece) -- History -- Siege, 1480Online resources: Full text online Summary: First collected edition of Caoursin's works comprising ten sections with descriptions of: the siege of Rhodes in 1480, the earthquake in 1480, the author's speech before the Rhodian Senate concerning the death of Sultan Mohammed II in 1481, the conflicts over the succession between the brothers Bagyazit and Zyzymy (Dschem), the alliance between the Knights of St. John and Bajesid, the fate of Dschem, the translation of the reliquary with the hand of St. John the Baptist from Constantinople to Rhodes, the famous speech of Caoursin before Pope Innocent VIII, and the appearance of Dschem before the same pontiff. Illustrated with 36 full-page woodcuts with a frontispiece depicting the author presenting his books to the Grand Master Pierre d'Aubusson, at Rhodes.
List(s) this item appears in: History of the Knights Hospitaller, or the Order of St. John of Jerusalem | The islands of Malta, Gozo and Rhodes
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Incunabula Short Title Catalogue, ic00113000

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