20 November 2002
JOHANNES DE HESSE. Itinerarius per diversas mundi partes. - Divisiones decem nationum totius Christianitatis. - Epistola Johannis Soldani ad Pium II papam cum epistola responsoria papae Pii ad Soldanum. - JOHANNES PRESBYTER. De ritu et moribus Indorum. [Antwerp:] Govaert Bac, [between 3 July 1496 and 1499].
Chancery 4° (198 x 143mm). Collation: a8 b4 c6 d4 (a1r title, a1v blank, a2r text, d4r blank, d4v Govaert Bac's device C). 22 leaves. 36 lines. Type: 1:99G (8th line of title), 2:170G (1st line of title), 3:81G (text). 2- to 3-line initial spaces. (Wormed, with some loss of text, c3 torn and repaired, with marginal soiling on c3v.) Modern flexible vellum, edges red.
An account of a journey from Jerusalem in 1389, followed by some notes on the various sects of Christianity, providing a useful summary of the information that medieval Christians in the West possessed about their brethren in the East. The work passed through several late 15th-century editions, most of them, like this one, printed in the Low Countries and augmented with some additional material, including the legendary Prester John's account of India. C 2947; BMC IX, 201 (IA. 49990); Campbell 1034; IDL 2280; Klebs 558.4; Oates 3981; Goff H-144.
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