• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 222

    INCUNABULA -- BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von. [Woodcut view of Modon, from the first Latin edition of Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam, 1486]. Bifolium (266 x 775mm). (One fold rejoined with loss of about 10mm, lower margin cropped and frayed; backed; some staining.) This view has the well-known foreshortened figure of a galley at full sail, and shows the town of Modon with its impressive quay. A small island in the harbor is labeled 'Unser Frauuen kloster' this is probably the island called Sapienza, mentioned in the Travels in the entry for December 16.

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    INCUNABULA -- BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von. [Woodcut view of Modon, from the first Latin edition of Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam, 1486]. Bifolium (266 x 775mm). (One fold rejoined with loss of about 10mm, lower margin cropped and frayed; backed; some staining.) This view has the well-known foreshortened figure of a galley at full sail, and shows the town of Modon with its impressive quay. A small island in the harbor is labeled 'Unser Frauuen kloster' this is probably the island called Sapienza, mentioned in the Travels in the entry for December 16.

    BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von. [Woodcut The view of Rhodes from the third Latin edition of Peregrinationes in Terram Sanctam, 1402]. Bifolium (247 x 781mm). (Tears along two folds, with several marginal tears repaired; a narrow 75mm chip skillfully restored; two sides slightly chipped and frayed, last section detached.) This view shows the pilgrims galley, under oar, entering Rhodes; a banner in the bow bears the Jerusalem cross, while one displaying the Lion of Saint Mark is on the awning in the stern. The damage done by the Turks to this stronghold of the Knights in 1480 is clearly shown. Numerous windmills, shipbuilding activities, and the Turris Sci. Nicolai appear in the view. On the verso of one of the leaves is a woodcut depicting animals seen in the Holy Land: a giraffe, crocodile, camel, salamander, unicorn, ape, and mountain goats. (2)


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