Scarce monography of 1734 about the history (until about 1400) and numismatics of the Kingdom of Osroene and its capital Edessa by Theophil Sigfrid Bayer (1696-1738). Bayer was a renown polymath, philologist, orientalist, classicist and oriental numismatics. He was teacher of humanist greek in the Academy of Science of Saint Petersburg between 1726 and 1737.
Edessa was the capital of a small kingdom that kept a relative independence between the Romans and the Persians. Once the Roman Empire fell, Edessa was contended between the Persians and the Byzantines and, later on, it was conquered by the Arabs. It fell later on to the Franks and then became part of the Turkish Empire.
Inside there are eight planches showing coins and helmets during the independent period of the Reign.
Arabic, greek and syriac fonts in the text.
Very beautiful decorated initial letters and vignettes.
Heavy precious paper.
In very good condition.
Parchment coeval cover with handwritten titles in the spine in very good general conditions slightly worn in the edges and spine. Binding in very good conditions. Pages in very good conditions with occasional foxings. In 8. Cm 25,5 x 21. Pp. (22) + 362 + (10) + VII. Weight: 0,921kg
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- Binding Condition: Good
- Overall Condition: Very good conditions
- Size: 25,5 x 21 cm