[CAMBINI, Andrea, and Paolo GIOVIO]. Two very Notable Commentaries the One of the Originall of the Turcks and Empire of the House of Ottomanno, Written by Andrewe Cambine, and thother of the Warres of the Turcke against George Scanderbeg. London, By Rouland Hall for Humfrey Toye dwelling in paules Churche yearde at the signe of the Helmette, 1562.
Small 4to (187 x 133 mm). Recent full vellum to style with brown morocco lettering-piece to spine, pp. [x], 32, 32-68, 99-100, 42, ; six leaves (D3-E4) with slight loss to the lower corners just clipping the text, expertly restored and the missing characters supplied by hand to style, three leaves (F1, Ee2 and Ee3) supplied in close matching facsimile, title-page with a few minor spots, an attractive copy of a very scarce work.
John Shute’s first English translations of two important early works relating to the Ottoman Empire. Cambini’s Commentario... della Origine de Turchi and Paolo Giovio’s account of the wars between the Turks and the Albanians led by Skanderbeg. Cambini’s work was first published in 1529, two years after his death, Giovio’s in 1531, with several Italian editions of each appearing in succeeding decades. 'According to Runciman, Cambini consulted survivors of the Siege of Constantinople in composing this important work, which provides an account of the Turks up to 1517, the date of the Ottoman conquest of Egypt' (Atabey). The translator seems to have served as a soldier, and his preface, bemoaning the decline of military discipline is the first text on the subject in the English language.
ESTC S107293 (ten locations in Britain and the US combined); see Atabey 185 for the Florence, 1529 edition and Blackmer 273 for a later Venice edition.