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[Hungary]. Exemplar, Reconciliationis Cum Hungaris Factae 23 Junii, Anno 1606, nec-non Conditiones Pacis Turcicae. Patakini [i.e. Saros-Patak, Hungary]: Typis Illustrissimae Principis Excudebat Georgius Renius, 1653. First edition thus. Folio in sixes. [2], 582pp. Fanciful typographic ornaments on title and beginning and end of chapters. Nineteenth century 1/4 roan over marbled boards, red label, edges red. Worn but sound, very light occasional stains, an excellent copy.
A rare work from the first press at Saros-Patak. It was established by Susanna Lorandfi, widow of Prince George Rakoczi de Felso-Vadasz for the College in the town. The first recorded book by this printer is dated 1652. The text comprises an important treaty in the history of Hungary. In June 1606 Archduke Matthias, in the name of the Emperor Rudolph II, concluded the Treaty of Vienna with the rebellious Hungarians by granting extensive concessions, and in November of the same year he concluded the truce of Zsitvatörök with the Sultan Ahmed I. "By the peace of Vienna, [Stephen] Bocskay obtained religious liberty and political autonomy, the restoration of all confiscated estates, the repeal of all unrighteous judgments and a complete retrospective amnesty for all the Magyars in royal Hungary, besides his own recognition as independent sovereign prince of the enlarged Transylvania. This treaty is remarkable as being the first constitutional compact between the ruling dynasty and the Hungarian nation. Almost equally important was the twenty years’ truce of Zsitvatörök, negotiated by Bocskay between the emperor and the sultan, which established for the first time a working equilibrium between the three parts of Hungary, with a distinct political preponderance in favour of Transylvania. The emperor on the other hand, was freed from the humiliating annual tribute to the Porte on payment of a war indemnity." (Encyc. Britan., 11th Edn.) The text of the two treaties (pp. 30) is followed by the articles of various Hungarian statutes and ordinances, dating from 1608 to 1649 (pp. 31-582). The BM copy contains further articles for 1659, not present here. Worldcat locates two copies (BM [with extra material], and U. Penn.) One copy only located on ABPC, in 1983. (#kfk624) $2,500.00

 

 

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