BREYDENBACH, Bernard von. Le grant voyage de Hierusalem diuise en deux parties. Translated and edited by Nicolas le Huen. Paris: [Antoine Couteau?] for François Regnault, 20 March 1522.
2° (238 x 166 mm). Title printed in red and black. 48 lines and headline. Gothic and civitité type. Folding woodcut plan of Jerusalem printed on two unjoined sheets, folding woodcut of the Papal court printed on two unjoined sheets, 35 text woodcuts [22 blocks, 13 repeats]. 19th-century French citron morocco, elaborately gilt-panelled, turn-ins gilt, edges marbled under gilt, by Lebrun (spine faded). Provenance: Ambrose Firmin-Didot (booklabel; his sale part II, Paris 1881, lot 470); Ricardo Herédia (morocco label; his sale part III, Paris 1893, lot 2875); Édouard Rahir (his sale Paris, 6-8 May 1931, lot 435); C. Radoulesco (inkstamp); Otto Schäfer (his sale Sotheby’s London, 27 June 1995, lot 45).
Second French edition of the Le Huen translation and expansion of the journal of the pilgrimage to Jerusalem and St. Catherine of Sinai undertaken by Breydenbach.
In part one, the alphabets and the woodcut of the Church of the Holy are copied from the cuts made by Erhard Reuwich for the first edition (1486; Goff B-1189). The cuts in the second part were printed from blocks made for Simon Vostre, Pierre Le Rouge, and Michel Le Noir. Two new large illustrations were made for Regnault's edition after designs by Oronce Fine, both cut on two blocks and printed on two sheets, which have not been joined in this copy. The first is a detailed plan of Jerusalem, the two sheets bound following k8 and 14 (totalling 745 x 237 mm); the second a panoramic view of the Papal court, depicting ambassadors from throughout Europe and crusaders facing Turkish warriors, bound following p4 and L8 (totalling 810 x 237 mm). The plan is signed with Fine's dolphin cipher, while the Papal court plate is printed with a ballad whose initial letters form the acrostic "Orontius Fine Physicus." Not in Adams or Mortimer. Alden & Landis 522/4; Davies 10; Fairfax Murray French, 625.