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Great and very early account of the Battle of Vienna...
Item # 653051
September 17, 1683
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 17, 1683 Of special note are the news reports found on pages 3 & 4 of the historic Battle of Vienna, fought on September 12. The battle marked the first time the Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire had cooperated militarily against the Ottomans, and it is often seen as a turning point in history, after which the Ottoman Turks ceased to be a menace to the Christian world.
Page 3 has datelined reports from September 2, 9, 13, 16 and 21 which give the latest information (see photos), the earlier reports giving the latest before the battle and the latter datelines mentioning in part: "...coming from Vienna & from the Imperial Army by whom we are informed, that on Sunday the 12th instant, the Christian Army attacked the Turks in their camp & totally defeated them, that their foot were all cut in pieces & their horse fled leaving their baggage, cannon, tents, and all they had behind them..." with more. Further on is: "...That the Christians having without much opposition entered the enemies camp, their horse immediately fled & the Grand Visier with them; that their foot, being between 20 and 25,000 men, made a considerable resistance but being environed by the Christians, were all cut in pieces..." with even more.
A back page dateline from Sept. 21 includes: "It is hard to express the joy we are here in, occasioned by the news we have of the entire defeat of the Turkish Army..." with more
A quite uncommon four page paper (most were single sheet), measures 6 1/2 by 11 inches, minor archival mend to a back leaf margin, nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's