Ioannis Basilidis magni Moscoviae Ducis vita [...] K-52
Author: Oderborn Paul, 1556 - 1604
Title: I. Ioannis Basilidis magni Moscoviae Ducis vita, a Paullo [sic] Oderbornio tribus libris conscripta. Ad Henricum Iulium episcopum Halberstadensem.
Title in English: Life of the Grand Duke of Muscovy Ivan Vasilyevich, Described in Three Books by Paullo [sic] Oderbornio. For the Bishop of Halberstadt Henry Julius.
Bound with Abdias, Praetorius (1524-1573): II. De phrasibus ebraeis commentariolus./Notes on Hebraic Phrases. / Wittenberg, Written by Heirs to John Cratonis, 1585.
Published: I. Wittenberg, excudebant Haeredes Ioannis Cratonis, 1585; II. Wittenberg, excudebat lohannes Lufft, 1561.
Format: two works in one 8 volume; 176 ll., woodcut portrait of the Tzar on title-page - 1 l., 71 ll.
Binding: contemporary limp overlapping vellum, spine painted with gilt decoration on black (painted label without the title).
First edition extremely rare of the earliest biography of Ivan the Terrible (Moscow, 25th August 1530-18th March 1584).
This biography of Tzar Ivan IV Vasilyevich was written by a contemporary author and was published one year after his death. Ivan's reign saw the great enlargement of Russian boundaries and the transformation of Russia into a multiethnic empire, with a deep affirmation of monarchy, a reduction of the influence exerted by Boiardi and a strong alliance with orthodox Church so that it was possible to look at Moscow as at the third Rome. The third part describes the Russian army's defeats in Livonia. The second work, second edition of the "De phrasibus ebraeis commentariolus", is a collection of sentences in Latin from Bible by Abdias Praetorius, theologian and professor of Hebrew at Frankfurt, friend of Melanchthon.