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    Contemporary Accounts of the Crusades

    [Jacques Bongers, editor]. Gesta Dei Per Francos, Sive Orientalium Expeditionum, Et Regni Francorum Hierosolimitani Historia... [issued with] Liber Secretorum Fidelium Crucis Super Terrae Sanctae Recupertione Et Conservatore. Hanover: Wechel for the Heirs of John Aubry, 1611. First Edition thus. Folio. Two volumes in one. a-d6,e4,A-5H6,5I4;*6,a-2f6,2g8 [2g8 blank] [56],1208;[12],361,[3, blank except for Printer's mark]. Four (of five) maps [Ten Tribes, Mediterranean & Middle East, Jerusalem, Acre], large folding table. Large Pegasus device on title pages. Wechel's device at end of both volumes; head-pieces and decorated initials. Old calf, worn, hinges cracked, partial spine label, armorial bookplate of Sir Thomas Seabright, first title page soiled, minor dampstain at end. Gift inscription of ISAAC CASAUBON "Dn(n)o Isaaco Casaubono Esc" on title page, front free end papers loose. Minor worming in the margins of the second volume, not affecting text. Otherwise in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Bongers may rightfully be regarded as the pioneer in this movement (editing the original sources). He published the monumental Gesta Dei per Francos...a work of high caliber for any age. The first volume includes several chronicles of the First Crusade, and the second volume is devoted to the Secreta Fidelium Crucis of Marino Sanudo the Elder, a 14th -century Venetian noble of the duchy of Naxos in the Aegean." -Atiya, p19. Atiya lists 18 works in this volume.

    Casaubon, Isaac 1559-1614, classical scholar, was born in 1559 at Geneva... " [He] determined to make England his permanent home, took out letters of naturalisation, called England 'the isle of the blessed,' and so far identified himself with us as to speak to an Englishman of 'our ancestors.' He made the personal acquaintance of Grotius, who was then in England, and the acquaintance ripened into an enthusiastic friendship; and he found great delight in the society of Thomas Morton, afterwards the famous bishop of Durham." DNB Scaliger called Casaubon "the most learned man in Europe" and considered him as good a Greek scholar as he was himself.

    VD17 1:069728C. Mayer, Bibl. Kreuzz├╝ge,*718. Atiya, Crusade,60ff. Brunet I,1098 "important recueil". Graesse I,487. BL 17th c. German B1836. Ataby 127.


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