Author: Glareanus Henricus, 1488 - 1563
Title: Pii. Pont. Max. Asiae Europae que elegantissima descriptio, mira festiuitate tum veteru, tum recentium res memoratu dignas complectens, maxime quae sub Frederico III. Apud Europeos Christiani cum Turcis, Prutnis, Soldano, & caeteris hostibus fidei, tum etia inter sese vario bellorum euentu commiserunt.
Title in English: The Most Elegant Description of Asia and Europe by Pope Pius II, Which Beautifully Encompasses Some Ancient and Some Contemporary Events Meriting Mention, Especially Those During the Reign of Friedrich III. The Animosity Amongst Europeans Between Christians and Turks, Prussians, the Sultan, and Other Adversaries of Faith, and Even Amongst Themselves Because of the Various Outcomes of Wars.
Published: Parifijs apud Claudium Cheuallonium fub Sole aureo in via Iacobeae, 1534.
Binding: contemporary full vellum.
Format: 8ff, 522 pp.
Aeneas Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II, composed the geographical historical work The Most Elegant Description of Asia and Europe. The book was first published in 1477 in Venice under the title Historical Description of Various Places and Events (Historiarum ubique gestarum locorumque descriptio). Later the work was published under different titles (Cosmographia; Opera; Asiae Europaeque elegantissima descriptio) and published in Paris (1509, 1534), Cologne (1531), and Basel (1551, 1571). The book includes information about the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas, and the customs and religion of the local inhabitants. The 1543 edition from Paris is bound with the work Description of Asia, Africa, and Europe (Asiae, Africae, Europaeque descriptio) by the Swiss historian Heinrich Glarean (1488–1563).
Reference: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 46.
Published: "The Collection of Lawyer Jaunius Gumbis: the Past Preserved in Books". Museum and Collector - 7. Vilnius: National Museum of Lithuania, 2018, p. 46-49.