Author: Olearius Adam, 1599 - 1671
Title: OLEARIUS: Viaggi di Moscovia de gli anni 1633. 1634. 1635. 1636. BARBERINI: Libri tre cavati dal tedesco.
Bound with Raffaello Barberini (1532–1582).
Title in English: Journeys to Muscovy in the Years 1633, 1634, 1635, and 1636. Three Books Translated from German.
In Viterbo, 1658.
Binding: contemporary full vellum, handwritten title on spine.
Ex libris: DD. Manuel Vicente Murgutio Gaytan de Ayala, Regidor perpetuo de la Ciudad de Logrono, Maestrante de la Real de Ronda, etc. Rezidente en Vitoria. Villafranca de Guipuzcoa.
A scarce book containing two works relating to travels through the Baltic Area. The first one, by Olearius, is the account of a legation sent from Germany to Moscow and Persia between 1633 and 1636: the author extensively speaks about the countries of this geographic area. The second one, perhaps most interesting, refers to an early travel (1565): Barberini describes, in a letter to Count of Nubarola, the area between Poland, Lithuania and Russia, telling some curious histories about traditions and cultures of people. For example, he refers the story of the duel between a Lithuanian and a Muscovite: the Lithuanian easily won thanks to his cleverness…
Three Books of Journeys to Muscovy in the Years 1633, 1634, 1635, and 1636 by German librarian, mathematician, and diplomat Adam Olearius (1599–1671) is a description of the author’s journeys to Moscow and Persia, written in Italian. The book includes an addition by the Italian traveller Raffaello Barberini (1532–1582), Story about Moscow (Relatione di Moscovia...), which is a detailed account of a 1565 journey to Moscow, written for the Count Nubarola. The author describes the lands he visited, providing information on Lithuania as well.
Reference: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 490.
Published: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 490-491.