Histoire des Chevaliers Hospitaliers by VERTOT, René Aubert, sieur de,…

VERTOT, René Aubert, sieur de, abbé de (1655-1735).

Histoire des Chevaliers Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem, appellés depuis Chevaliers de Rhodes, et aujourd’hui Chevaliers de Malthe. Par M. l’Abbé de Vertot... Nouvelle Edition augmentée des Statuts de l’Ordre, et des noms des Chevaliers. Tome Premier [-Septième]. Paris, Aumont, 1772.

New Edition. Seven volumes, 12mo (170 x 90 mm), pp. [xii], 522; [iv], 413; [iv], 458; [iv], 440; [iv], 430; 480; 444, half-titles to Vols. I - V, some light dampstaining in the preliminary leaves to Vol. I, otherwise text fairly clean with the occasional stain, in contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt in compartments, the spine of Vol. I damaged in the top compartment, headcap chipped, top of front joint cracking, light wear to the other volumes, red morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges, with the ownership inscription of Sandys on the first title.

An influential and frequently reprinted history of the Order of Malta. In 1715, the Grand Master of the Knights of Malta had appointed Vertot as official historiographer of the order and this considerable work of scholarship first appeared in 1726. Numerous editions followed throughout the century and it is often cited, although not all of the contents were to the taste of all the members of the order. It was first translated into English in 1728.

See Cioranescu 66185; Quérard X, 128; Brunet V, 1149; see also Robert Thake, A Publishing History of a Prohibited Best-Seller: the Abbé Vertot and his Histoire de Malte, Oak Knoll Press, 2016.

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