• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 122

    BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von (d. 1497). Peregrinatio in terram sanctam, translated into German and edited by Martin Roth: Die fart oder reysz ber mere zu dem heyligen grab unsers herren Jhesu cristi gen Jherusalem Auch zu der heyligen iunckfrawen sant Katherinen grab auf dem berg Synai. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 22 April 1488.

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    BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von (d. 1497). Peregrinatio in terram sanctam, translated into German and edited by Martin Roth: Die fart oder reysz ber mere zu dem heyligen grab unsers herren Jhesu cristi gen Jherusalem Auch zu der heyligen iunckfrawen sant Katherinen grab auf dem berg Synai. Augsburg: Anton Sorg, 22 April 1488.

    Chancery 2o (272 x 200 mm). Collation: a-b8 c-u6.8 w-z6.8 A-C8 (-C8 blank). 193 leaves (without final blank, leaf e2 supplied from another copy). Gothic types 3:140 (title) and 4:109 (text), 36 lines. 8 woodcut illustrations (one full-page) after Erhard Reuwich of Utrecht, woodcut ornamental initials. (Some worming at beginning and end, a few light marginal stains.) Contemporary South-German blind-stamped pigskin over oak boards, intersecting triple fillets forming compartments on the covers, containing rosettes and Maria banderoles, brass corner-pieces (one missing and two damaged on back cover), clasps and catches, Buxheim paper label with red-stencilled shelf-mark at foot of spine, (lower portion of back cover restored, some rubbing and soiling). Provenance: 1564 ownership inscription on final blank page partly erased - Sigismund Hornstein, Doctor of Law, benefactor of Buxheim Charterhouse (his coat-of-arms illuminated on vellum mounted inside front cover), who died in 1638 and apparently left the book to - Buxheim, Carthusians (inscription above the arms, shelf-label on spine).

    Second edition in German of this important illustrated travel book, the earliest modern account of the Holy Land. The illustrator and publisher of the first edition (Mainz: 1486), Erhard Reuwich, had accompanied Breydenbach and other noblemen on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem and St. Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai. The woodcuts, based on his drawings, are reversed copies of those in the first edition, but Sorg did not go to the expense of reproducing the fold-out views. The illustrations show the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Saracens, Jews, Greeks, Syrians, Abyssinians, the fauna of Sinai, Turks. Crisp, unpressed copy in a contemporary binding. BMC II, 353; BSB-Ink B-912; CIBN B-773; Davies, Breydenbach V; Davies, Fairfax Murray 96; Goff B-1194; GW 5078; HC 3960; Schreiber 3631.


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