Rare first edition of an important study about early Albanian history, 1942

Georg STADTMÜLLER: FORSCHUNGEN ZUR ALBANISCHEN FRÜHGESCHICHTE [Research on Early Albanian History]. Budapest: 1942.

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Georg STADTMÜLLER: FORSCHUNGEN ZUR ALBANISCHEN FRÜHGESCHICHTE [Research on Early Albanian History]. (= Ostmitteleuropäische Bibliothek. Ed. by E. Lukinich, no. 31). Budapest: (Sárkány Printing House) 1942.

4mo. [3 not numb. leafs (series title, title, dedications leaf)], 218 [2] pages. Letterpress on strong quality paper, thread-stitched in original publisher's grey wrappers with black title printing.

Rare first edition of this comprehensive study in German language about early Albanian history, edited by renown Albanologist Georg Stadtmüller (1901-1985), later founder of the Munich Albanian Institute.

Contents: In this book, his seminal habilitation thesis, Stadtmüller proposed a controversial thesis on Albanian ethnogenesis, after which the origin of Albanians can be traced back to the region of Mat. Contained are accounts on the history of Albanian settlement, on Albanian history in pre-Roman times, the Roman and early Byzantine period, as well as the early Albanian epoch (ca. 600 – 1018). Furthermore contributions about the first sources of Albanian presence (11th to 13th ct.) and the term „Albanian“ are also included.

A comprehensive bibliography and an index of names and subjects are attached at the end of the volume. Present account was originally published in »Archivum Europae Centro-Orientalis«, year VII (1941). A 2nd edition of this book, enlarged and with 2 folded maps, was published in 1966.

Condition: Margins of wrappers minimally torn, front cover with a small owner's remark, otherwise very fine copy indeed, mostly uncut and therefore not read.

References: Robert Elsie: Historical Dictionary of Albania, 2nd ed. (2010), p. 429.