Albizzi, Antonio (degli).
[Augsburg, Germany]. [Custos]. 1612?
Copperplate engraving with handcolor, 21 x 15 1/4 inches on sheet 22 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches, laid paper, horizontal centrefold as issued, decorative cartouche at upper left, explanatory Latin text on verso. Faint spotting to paper visible in margins, light soiling to margins at upper left corner, adhesive from original binding shows through as 3 1/4 narrow strip of brown discoloration just below fold line at right, tiny punctures to left and right margins at fold line. Overall very good condition; a beautiful representation of the geneaology of the ruling family of Constantinople. This is number XXII from Antonio Albizzi's Principum Christianorum Stemmata, first published in Augsburg in 1612. Albizzi was a Florentine jurist and genealogical researcher, and his work showed the genealogy of various aristocratic families of Europe in the 17th century. The family tree of the last dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, the Paleologosis, is shown as a literal tree growing high above the city of Constantinople, now Istanbul. Family offshoots are named in small boxes, some of which are marked with the imperial crown. The first crown is that of Alexius Angelus Comnenus (Alexios III Angelos), who died in 1203, and the last crown belongs to Vincentius Dux Mantuae (Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua). The text title is: In Paleologos Imperatores Constantinopolitanos Notationes. Item #56540