Fontanus, Jacobus [Fonteyn, Jacques]. La muy lame[n]table co[n]quista y crue[n]ta batalla de Rhodas, nuevame[n]te sacada de latin en lengua castellana, por bachiller Christoval de Arcos. [colophon: Valladolid: Juan de Villaquiran, 1549]. Folio (28 cm; 11"). A–H8; 64 ff.
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Extremely handsome black-letter (Gothic type) production of Arco's Spanish translation of Fontanus's De bello Rhodio (1524); this is that exciting work’s first Spanish translation in only its second edition, the first having appeared in 1526. Fontanus (i.e., Jacques Fonteyn) was a native of Bruges and his work is an eye-witness account of the Grand Turk’s 1522 siege of Rhodes.
The volume’s striking red and black title-page above, left bears
the woodcut arms of the archbishop of Seville within a four-part woodcut ornamental
border signed "IV" and "PV,” the lower border offering a medallion portrait.
The well–laid out text is printed in double columns, with woodcut ornamental
initials in various sizes and with a half-page woodcut view of Rhodes introducing
the “Libro Segundo.”
simple tan calf, as at right, covers paneled in blind and with a central blind-tooled
Maltese Cross; spine blind-tooled with ornaments in compartments and the title
board edges gilt-tooled. Housed in a custom crimson morocco clamshell box with
raised bands, title gilt on spine, and a white morocco Maltese cross onlaid
to front cover, shown above left; two of the centered, enlargable pictures
taken of the book IN this box.
of "Bibliotheca Hierosolymitana."
trace no copies of either the
first or the second edition of this translation via OCLC, RLIN, or NUC Pre-1956.
93416; Adams F722. A clean, attractive, handsomely bound copy with a few 18th
or 19th century marginal notes in Spanish.
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