10 December 1999
[FONTANAS, Jacobus (fl. 1530)]. La muy lamentable conquista y cruenta batalla de Rhodas, nuevamente sacada de latin en lengua castellana, por el bacchiler Christoval de Arcos. Valladolid: Juan de Villaquiran, 12 November 1549.
2o (279 x 199 mm). Title printed in red and black with woodcut arms of the Archbishop of Seville, within 4-part woodcut ornamental border signed "IV" and "PV", lower border with medallion portrait. Gothic type, double column. Half-page woodcut view of Rhodes. Woodcut ornamental initials. (Small repaired tear to title, touching border, some light browning.) Modern box calf, covers panelled in blind and with central blind-tooled Maltese cross; crimson morocco folding case, onlaid white morocco Maltese cross on front cover. Provenance: a few 18th- or 19th-century Spanish marginal notes; Chaulet, "Bibliotheca Hierosolymtana" bookplate.
Second edition of de Arcos' Spanish translation of Fontanus' De bello Rhodio (1524), a history of the last Crusades and of the final defeat of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem at the hands of Sultan Suleiman in 1522. RARE. Adams F-722; BM/STC Spanish 36; Brunet I, 388; Palau 93416.
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