Our Notes & References
One of the most important descriptions of Russian in the 16th century. After the first edition in Vilna in a year before, this scarce third edition has been amended and extended.
The Jesuit Possevino was sent to Moscow as a legate of Pope Gregory XIII to Tsar Ivan IV in 1581, his mission being to make peace with the King of Poland and also to encourage Ivan the Terrible to go to war with the Turks and adopt the Roman Catholic faith.
The work contains much material on the topography, people etc. of the State of Muscovy as well as of the Baltic and Poland.
Pr. Philip Longworth (1933-2020, historian, writer and book collector, esp. on Russian history).
Adelung I, 321-325; Cat. Russica P-1097; De Backer/Sommervogel VI, 1072; VD16 P4459.