Magistri et Consilij hospitalis Hierosolymitani rerum loco et tempore gerendarum in Ildrimium Ottomanum…ordo…et instructio. KNIGHTS HOSPITALLER.
A WILLING HOSTAGE, CIVIL WAR & REALPOLITIK

Magistri et Consilij hospitalis Hierosolymitani rerum loco et tempore gerendarum in Ildrimium Ottomanum…ordo…et instructio.

[Venice], s.n. [after 5 August 1482].

4to (198 x 143 mm.). [8]p. Gothic type, FIRST FOUR LINES PRINTED IN RED.

Late 19th-century vellum, flat spine lettered in manuscript, silk marker.

?First Edition: political intrigue on a grand scale. Seventh recorded copy.
 This dispatch sets out the military and diplomatic condition of the Ottoman Empire in the summer of 1482, after Sultan Bayezid II suppressed the rebellion lead by his younger brother Djem (or Cem, 1459-95), who, in late July, fled to Rhodes seeking the protection of the Hospitallers. Grand Master Pierre d’Aubusson immediately dispatched knights to rescue Djem’s wife and children from the mainland and offered to renew the war against Bayezid in exchange for perpetual peace with Christendom and territory in Greece and the Aegean for the Hospitallers. Djem refused, so d’Aubusson secretly signed a treaty with Bayezid for cash. In 1490 d’Aubusson transferred his “guest” to Rome. Pope Innocent VIII played host and extorted extravagant sums from Bayezid to keep his brother in custody.
 Two other printings are known, both assigned to Cologne. Geographically, the Venetians would have had access to the text well before their northern neighbors. Of the three editions, a single example of one is held by a U.S. library. This important document is absent from the bibliographies of the Hospitallers. In good condition, bookplate of Charles-Henri-Auguste Schefer (1820-98), distinguished Orientalist, diplomat and bibliophile.
¶Schwoebel, The Shadow of the Crescent: The Renaissance Image of the Turk 202-3; Thuasne, Djem-Sultan fils de Mohammed II 68-72; ISTC io00089460; Goff I-171.

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