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    Early and Important History of Persia

    Pietro Bizari [Bizzari], Cleasias, Photius, Henricus Porsius, Philippus Challimacus, and Thoma Minadous. Rerum Persicarum Historia, Initia Gentis, Mores, instituta, resque gestas ad haec usque tempora complectens...Cui accesit Brevis ac vera Henrici Porsii de bello inter Murathem III. ..Philippi Callimachi Experientis de bello Turcis... Et Appendix... Jacobus Geuderus...In ea Josephii Barbari Et Ambrosii Contareni Legatorum Reipub. Venetae Itineraria Persica: Johannes Thomae Minado I belli Turco-Persici historia... Frankfurt: Claude Marinus and heirs of Johan Aubry for Typis Wechel, 1601. Second expanded edition. Folio. (:)4, A-3G6, 3H4,3I-3K6, 3L4. [8], 644, [32] pages. Wechel Pegasus device on title page and verso of last leaf, head-piece, historiated and decorated initials. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments with floral and acorn design, banded, title in gilt on a red leather label, small hole in lower compartment, some light wear, edges marbled in blue, marbled endpapers; some light paper toning, a very pleasing copy. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Pietro Bizzarri [Bizari], (born 1525, died in or after 1586), historian and spy, was born probably in Sassoferrato Castello (Marche), Italy, the son of Antonio Bizzarri, a soldier who died in 1528. He must also have lived in Perugia, hence his common description as Perusinus. He was sent to Venice for an excellent education in classical letters. There in his eighteenth year (1542-3) he was converted to Protestantism, perhaps under the influence of Bernardino Ochino and the writings of Erasmus. Now devoted to evangelical reform, Bizzarri left Italy in the summer of 1545 for Germany, settling first in Nuremberg, and then in Wittenberg, where he sought his spiritual guide, Philip Melanchthon, with whom he planned to study. However, Charles V's victory at Muhlberg (1547) resulted in Bizzarri abandoning Germany, and after stopping briefly at several German universities he eventually crossed the channel to England, where he was resident from 1549...Bizzarri became associated with the court of Mary Stuart, and in the hope of acquiring the patronage of the Scottish queen as well he presented to her a Latin treatise, De bello et pace...Bizzarri began his lifelong career as an intelligencer, passing political and diplomatic information to Cecil. Although there is no clear evidence, it is possible that Bizzarri had been used at the Scottish court as an agent, and that it was Cecil who encouraged him to settle in Venice to collect and transmit information at a time when no Venetian ambassador was resident in England... Bizzarri travelled widely in Germany, but by January 1578 he was established in Antwerp, where he frequented the circle of the printer Christopher Plantin...In 1583 appeared his Persian history, Rerum Persicarum historia, dedicated to August of Saxony, although two presentation copies were also sent to England: one for the queen and one for Walsingham... [Oxford DNB] The 1601 edition is an expanded version of the work. It begins with Bizzari's treatise on the Persian people, their institutions, foreign policy, costumes, etc. It is followed by an except from Photius' summary of Clesias' history of Persia; Henricus Porsius' history of the war between Murad III and Mehemetem; an oration to Pope Innocent III by Philippus Callimachus (15th century) on the Turkish war and Venice; and other materials which take the history of the Persian war to 1588.

    VD17 23:231248Y. BL (German) 17th. c. B1503. Graesse I, 433. Brunet I, 955.

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