Author: Orbini Mauro, 1550 - 1614
Title: Il Regno de gli Slavi hoggi corrottamente detti Schiavoni. Historia di don Mauro Orbini Rauseo abbate Melitense. Nella quale si vede l'origine quasi di tutti i popoli che furono della lingua slava, con molte e varie guerre, che fecero in Europa, Asia e Africa.
Title in English: The Kingdom of Slavs, Today Wrongly Called Slavons. History of Don Mauro Orbini from Ragusa, Abbot of Mlet. Demonstrating the Origins of Almost all the Slavic Peoples, with Many Different Wars That Took Place in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
In Pesaro [Pesaro]: appresso Girolamo Concordia, 1601; 2°.
Format: In-folio; 9 cc., 473 pp., 31 pp.
Binding: contemporary binding.
Extremely rare first edition. The first and most influential book on general Slavic history (including history of Dalmazia, Croazia, Bosnia, Serbia, Polonia, Russia and Bulgaria). Mauro Orbini (mid-16th century - 1614) was a Croatian writer, ideologue and historian. His work The Realm of the Slavs influenced Slavic ideology and historiography in the later centuries.
References: Michel VI, p. 36. British Library, Catalogue of seventeenth century Italian books, II, p. 630; Libreria Antiquaria Mediolanum. Stand 81 // XXIII Mostra Internazionale del Libro Antico Bologna, 2010, No 52.
The Kingdom of Slavs by the Benedictine monk, writer and historian from Ragusa (modern Dubrovnik) Mauro Orbini (~1550–1614) describes the history of Slavic nations from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 16th century. The author regards other nations from the Baltic Sea region as Slavic as well. The book describes important events in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania that took place in the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century: the Union of Krėva, signed by the Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila and the noblemen of Poland in 1385, the 1385 wedding of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogaila and the Queen of Poland Jadvyga, and the Christening of Samogitia (p. 56–58).
Reference: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 439.
Published: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 438-439.