These editions of reports sent back by Venetian ambassadors to the Great Council of the Republic in the sixteenth century were edited by Eugenio Alberi (1807-78) and published between 1839 and 1863. As Alberi notes in his preface, a law of 1296 ...
decreed that all embassies and legations should submit a written report to the Council at the end of their mission, and the surviving records provide an invaluable resource for both political and economic historians. The fifteen volumes are divided into three series, on relations with European states outside Italy; with other Italian states; and with the Ottoman Empire. Volume 3 (Volume 1 of the third series), published in 1840, begins with an outline history of the Ottoman rulers and a glossary of Turkish words, followed by ambassadorial reports from the 1530s to the 1570s, including an account of the peace negotiations after the battle of Lepanto.