Author: Possevino Antonio, 1533 - 1611
Title: Moscovia Antonii Possevini Societatis Iesu.
Title in English: Grand Duchy of Moscow.
Published: Vilnae, Joannem Velicensem, 1586.
Format: Small in-8 of 531-1bl. leaves, (a4 A-Z8 Aa4 Bb-Kk8 Ll4).
Binding: basane, spine ribbed and decorated (17th century binding).
Very rare first edition of this precious relation of Possevino on Russia, published on the author's travels in Eastern Europe as legate of Pope Gregory XIII who had charged him to deliver a missive to Ivan IV, dealing with the union (USTC 250177) (Brunet IV, 834-35 "Relation curieuse").
Reference: from the collection of poet, diplomat Jurgis Baltrušaitis.