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CHALKOKONDYLES, LAONIKOS. L'Histoire de la Décadence de l'Empire Grec, et Establissement de celuy des Turcs. Parts 1 and 2 (of 3) in 3 volumes. Engraved double-page folding bird's-eye view of Constantinople; folding woodcut plate of Ottoman army in battle formation; 2 full- and 19 half-page engraved portraits. , 2 leaves, 3-531, ; 97, , 3-4, 99-416; 417-1114,  pages, including engraved title. Ruled in red throughout. Folio, 357x233 mm, 17th-century red morocco gilt, Volume 3 front joint just starting at bottom; contents evenly browned with scattered foxing or rust spots. Paris: widows of Abel l'Angelier & M. Guillemot, 1612
first illustrated edition of the 1577 French version by Blaise de Vigenère. This work by a 15th-century Greek historian on the decline and fall of the Byzantine Empire and rise of the Ottoman Empire was first published in Latin translation in 1556 and in the original Greek in 1615. Hoffmann II, 509; Potthast, page 214.