Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam
Author: Breydenbach, Bernhard von, -1497.
Contributor(s): Drach, Peter, -1504 [printer] |
Production / publication: Speyer : Peter Drach, 1502 Description: [approximately 190] pages, 2 double leaves of plates, 4 folded leaves of plates : illustrations ; 30 cm (folio).General note: lllustrated with woodcuts based on drawings by Erhard Reuwich. Printed in Gothic type; with one initial, initial spaces and signature marks; without foliation.
Probably the first book with folded plates, the largest of which is a panorama of Venice
Reuwich, Erhard, active 1483-1486 [illustrator] |
Wickham, J. D. C. (James Douglas Clephane) [former owner].
St John Museum copy has 18 leaves of contemporary manuscript entitled "Mahomet II Epistole magni turci" written by a German scribe and bound at the end. Five of the six full-page woodcuts are hand coloured in bright red, crimson red/maroon, yellow, grey-brown and brown. These woodcuts include fold-out panoramas of Venice, Methoni, Crete and Rhodes.Language note: In Latin.Ownership note: Bookplates for J. Douglas Clephane Wickham & St John on left pastedown.Other title: Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam.Subject(s): Pilgrims and pilgrimages -- Palestine | Wood-engraving -- Netherlands -- 16th century | Middle East -- Description and travelOnline resources: Further description of the copy in St John museum Summary: An account of a journey made by the author, Bernhard von Breydenbach, from Venice to Jerusalem, and back via Cairo and Alexandria, between 1483 and 1484. Von Breydenbach’s pilgrimage route took him through the cities of Padua and Venice (in modern-day Italy) and Parens (now known as Poreč, in modern-day Croatia), the island of Corfu, the Greek cities of Dodona, Methoni and Heraklion, the island of Rhodes (then home to the Knights Hospitaller) and Cyprus, the cities of Jerusalem (including Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple of Solomon, Mount of Olives), Bethlehem and Bethany (now known as Al-Eizariya) (both in the West Bank), and Cairo and Alexandria in Egypt. The book includes information about the author’s co-travellers, a diary of the journey, as well as historical and topographical information, and information on the relics of local saints, castles, and places of religious interest along his route. There are also descriptions of the sieges of Constantinople, Rhodes, Negroponte and Otranto (all of which had happened shortly before he travelled), and even remedies against sea-sickness and vermin.