A Delightful Work on Hungarian History and Geography Published Two Years After the Liberation of Buda.
In Contemporary Vellum.
Scarce geographical and historical précis on the history and geography of central Europe, illustrated with a number of attractive city views.
This work was printed in Barcelona by Martin Gelabert in 1688, and translated from the original Tuscan by someone who only gives their name as "a curious one." The original work was written in Tuscan by Simpliciano Bizozeri, an Italian historian of the Barnabite order born in 1642.
The Spanish publication of this work likely reflects the shared ties between Spain and central Europe through Hapsburg rule. 1688 was a critical time in Hungarian history, shortly after the second siege of Buda that liberated the city from Ottoman rule. This liberation was hard fought and its victory firmly established Hapsburg rule in the city and led to the expulsion and massacre of Turkish and Jewish people from the city.
In addition to its Hungarian focus, the book describes and illustrates a number of other cities and regions in central Europe, including Vienna, Bratislava (Presburg), and Novigrad in Croatia.