BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von (d.1497). Peregrinatio in terram sanctam, in German: Dis buch ist innhaltend die heiligen reysen gein Jherusalem. [Speier: Peter Drach, after 24 November 1502].
2° (294 x 208mm). 48 lines. 3- to 4-line initial spaces, some with guide-letter. Full-page title woodcut of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, repeated on B5, large animal woodcut on verso of Jerusalem view, 12 other woodcuts of Near-eastern alphabets, people and costumes, 2 double-page city views of Parenzo and Corfu and 5 folding panoramic views of Venice, Crete, Modon, Rhodes and the Holy Land, extending to 4 sheets (Venice), 3 (Holy Land), or 2 (Modon, Crete, Rhodes), Venice view with traces of brown and green colour. (Light mildew at inner margin, extending views partly mounted or repaired on verso with some loss, those of Venice and the Holy Land defective and therefore lacking cut of the Holy Sepulchre printed on verso of Holy Land view, some staining, including on Venice and Holy Land views, repaired marginal tears to N1, small wormholes in final 3 quires, light soiling at lower corner.) Crimson morocco by Douglas Cockerell, dated 1904. Provenance: early inscriptions on title (partly erased or obscured); Gotter (flyleaf inscription dated 1759 and notes on the edition in French); Charles William Dyson Perrins (green leather booklabel, sale Sotheby's, 10 March 1947, lot 588, £18 to Foyle).
Third edition in German of an account of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the monastery of St. Catherine of Sinai undertaken by Breydenbach, Graf Johannes von Solms, Philip von Bicken and others in 1483-4. Following the traditional route, the entourage travelled from Venice to Corfu, Modon, Crete, Rhodes and Jaffa, before arriving in Jerusalem, and then through the Sinai desert to Mt. Sinai, Cairo, and Alexandria on the return journey. The woodcuts are close copies of the exceptional original blocks by Erhard Reuwich, which appeared in the first edition of 1486. The frontispiece has been omitted, and the Armenian alphabet is not present, as it was not in the 1486 edition. Based on the state of the woodcuts, this edition appears to have been printed after Drach's Latin edition of November 1502. H *3958; BMC II, 499; Davies, Breydenbach, VI; Davies, Murray, German, 97; Goff B-1195; Schreiber 3632.