THE MOST IMPORTANT EARLY EUROPEAN WORK ON ORIENTAL COSTUME.
'la première série de documents sérieux sur les habillements du proche Orient'(Colas). The costumes represented are predominantly Turkish or Greek.
This Nuremburg edition appears to be rarer than the Lyons (1567), Antwerp (1576) or London (1585) editions.
The plates are re-engraved by Conrad Saldörffer after the French originals. The colouring is contemporary, possibly carried out by the publisher. One of the two B.L. copies is also hand-coloured.
Nicolas de Nicolay (1517-83) French traveller, draughtsman and geographer to the King, first went to Turkey and Greece in or soon after 1542. From 1551 to 1552, on the orders of King Henri II, he accompanied the French ambassador Gabriel d'Aramon to Constantinople, visiting Algeria, Tripoli and Cythera on their outward voyage.
The abbey of St.Gregory at Petershausen near Constance was founded in 983. It was given the status of an imperial abbey in 1769, and was secularised in 1802.