A description of the present state of Samos, Nicaria, Patmos, and Mount Athos.
Author: Georgirenes, Joseph Year: 1678 Edition: First edition Publisher: London; Moses Pitt Category: Europe Price: € 1,750.-
Eighteenth century half calf over marbled boards, rebacked with the original spine laid down, 8vo. 7 ƒƒ, pp. 112. The spine divided in six compartments by five raised bands, the bands gilt tooled, with the titles in the second compartment. The gilt titles in a vertical position due to the width of the spine.
On the verso of the title page there is the engraved bookplate of the antiquarian Sir Peter Thompson, F.R.S. (1698-1770), who was knighted in 1745 and sat in Parliament as M.P. for St. Albans from 1747 - 1754.
Some remarks in pencil on inner frontboard, a name and remark in pen on first free endpaper and on the second blank in pen the ownership inscription of James Dallaway, dated 1798. James Dallaway was the author of "Constantinople Ancient and Modern, with Excursions to the Shore and Islands of the Archipelago and to the Troad."
Loosely inserted is a facsimile of the dedication in Greek [ƒƒ A2-A3], which is often lacking, like in the Macclesfield copy.
The author was born in Milos and he was Archbishop of Samos from 1666 till 1671. The description given here about Icaria (= Nicaria) is considered the best account of this Island during the early Ottoman rule.
The paper very lightly browned, the edges a bit darkened and the relaid spine missing a few chips, but still an attractive copy of a scarce book.