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    Etienne de Lusignan. Les Droicts, Autoritez Et Prerogatives Que Pretendent Av Royaume De Hiersualem.... Paris, 1586.

    More Information:  [Stefano] Etienne de Lusignan. Les Droicts, Autoritez Et Prerogatives Que Pretendent Av Royaume De Hiersualem, les Princes & Seigneurs Spirituels & Temporels cy apres nommez: Le Pape, Patriarche, Empereur, Rois de France, Angleterre, Arragon, Naples, Hongrie, Cypre & Armenie, les Republiques de Venise,.... Paris: Guillaume Le Noir, 1586.

    First edition. Quarto. a4, e4, A-K4. (8), 40 leaves. Printer's device on title page, head- and tail-pieces, and small decorated initials. Modern calf, minor scratch on front cover, banded spine; edge wear with small chips to front and rear pages, short clean tear to fifth unnumbered leaf, holograph pen annotation and underline to verso of leaf number seven, dampstains, pages lightly rippled, otherwise a nice copy in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "The Rights, Authorities and Powers claimed as the Kingdom of Jerusalem," lists the various pretenders to the title, to the crown, and denotes the Lusignan's absolute right to possession of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

    "The Cyprian historian, Etienne de Lusignan, was of the royal family of that name, which family sprang from the Counts of Poitou at the time of Charles the Blad; the first Lusignan king of Cyprus, as we have shown, being this Guy, titular king of Jerusalem. 'Charles de Lusignan,' writes Etienne, 'was father of my grandfather.' Etienne de Lusignan's history, entitled Description de toute l'ile de Cypre et de ses rois, and originally written in Italian, was begun in 1570; that is, while the island was yet under the courteous rule of Venice, and was finished in 1573; that is, two years after the Turks had by conquest taken it over from the Venetians. The historian, flying from the Turkish rulers, took refuge in France, where he entered a monastery of preaching friars at Boulogne, and began in May 1578 the translation of his work into French, which task he completed in the November of that same year. Etienne Lusignan gives a list of more than thirty kings of the Lusignan dynasty, among whom are some of the especial interest as medieval and chivalrous heroes." - The Churchman's Companion, 1878.               

    BM STC (French) 293. Graesse IV: 299-300.OCLC 492859158. Not in Adams.


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