GILLES, Pierre. The Antiquities of Constantinople. With a Description of its Situation, the Conveniencies of its Port, its Publick Buildings. London, Printed for the Benefit of the Translator, 1729.
8vo. Contemporary English calf, spine with raised bands, covers with gilt double-fillets (restored); pp. [xvi], 295, , 63, title engraved, with engraved frontispiece and 11 engraved plates; re-backed, extremities restored; internally a little browned and spotted.
The first illustrated edition, the first in English, privately printed, of this work on the topography and buildings of Byzantine Constantinople, and their changes under Ottoman rule, translated and published by John Ball. 'Important work ... Gilles' works are basic to an understanding of Constantinople in the 16th century. He accompanied d'Aramon's embassy to the Porte in 1547 and travelled in Asia Minor with André Thevet' (Atabey on the first, Latin, edition of 1561). Gilles, latinized Gyllius, gave us the first circumstantial account of the antiquities of Constantinople and may be considered the founder of Byzantine archeology.
Blackmer 688; Atabey 498.