BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486.
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BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON. c.1440-1497.
Peregrinatio in terram sanctam. Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486.
US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£75,000 - 110,000

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BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON.  c.1440-1497.  Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.  Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486.
BREYDENBACH, BERNHARD VON. c.1440-1497.
Peregrinatio in terram sanctam. Mainz: Erhard Reuwich, 11 February 1486. Chancery folio (302 x 215 mm). 1 26 32(+3 fold-out sheets) 4 52 62(+1 fold-out sheet) 72(+1 fold-out sheet) 82(+1 fold-out sheet) 9-208 2110 222 (+2 fold-out sheets) 23 248 (last leaf blank). 147 (of 148) leaves (without final blank), plus 8 fold-out sheets. 44 lines (variable). Types: (Schoeffer 7):149G (headings), (Schoeffer 8):93G (text). Two woodcut decorated initials (the first with arms of Berthold von Henneberg, Archbishop of Mainz), 7 double-page and folding woodcut city views, several from multiple blocks and on multiple sheets (quires 3, Venice, 1270 mm; 4, Parenza 400 mm; 5, Corfu 415 mm; 6, Modon, 805 mm; 7, Candia, 805 mm; 8, Rhodes, 820 mm, 22, Jerusalem, 1290 mm [bound within quire 11]), full-page woodcut of allegorical figure of Mainz with the arms of Breydenbach, Johannes von Solms, and Philip von Bicken, 8 woodcuts of scenes from the Near East, 6 cuts of alphabets of Near Eastern languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic), Reuwich device at end. 4- to 7-line Lombard initials in alternating red and blue, some with reversed ornaments, paragraph marks and capital strokes supplied in red and blue (the blue slightly washed). Early 19th-century straight-grained crimson morocco tooled in blind and gilt, gilt edges. Some minor rubbing. The allegorical woodcut reversed in binding and window-mounted with minor loss to margins supplied in pen-and-ink facsimile, the Venice view with central section 160 mm [of 1270 mm] in pen-and-ink facsimile, some sheets re-margined and possibly supplied from another copy, views of Modon and Candia repaired with minor loss, Rhodos view with central 20 mm [of 820 mm] and outer margin in pen-and-ink facsimile, right hand sheet re-margined and possibly supplied from another copy, leaves 19/4.5 and 24/5 supplied from another copy, a few other mostly marginal repairs.
Provenance: Thomas Edward Watson (1851-1921) High Sheriff of Monmounthshire, became a baronet in 1918 (armorial bookplate).

FIRST EDITION, OF THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED TRAVEL BOOK WITH THE CELEBRATED WOODCUT VIEWS, THE FIRST OF THEIR KIND EVER PUBLISHED and the earliest modern account of the Holy Land, with illustrations made from actual observations, and the first folding plates to appear in an incunabula. The full-page allegorical woodcut shows a figure of Mainz with the arms of Breydenbach, Johannes von Solms, and Philip von Bicken, the three pilgrims who traveled to Jerusalem and St. Catherine's monastery on Mount Sinai from April 1483 until January 1484. Their journey leads them to Venice, Modon, Candia, Rhodes, Parenzo, Corfu and Jerusalem all beautifully illustrated on large folding plates. "Just as Breydenbach asserts himself as author in the text, so the images strengthen his voice by adding the eyes of the artist. On July 14, 1483, Reuwich stood on the Mount of Olives, faced Jerusalem, and took in the view as artist, a pilgrim, and a publisher in the nascent printing industry" (Ross p 29). Erhard Reuwich (fl. 1480) a Dutch artist, woodcut designer and printer from Utrecht, accompanied Breydenbach and the other noblemen. In the colophon the artist names himself as the printer of the book. "The Peregrinatio pervaded the visual imagination of readers across Europe to inform paintings, prints, Passion parks, sculpture, maps and other books. In total, there were thirteen editions before 1522, as the original woodcut blocks were passed from Mainz to Lyons to Speyer to Zaragoza, while also copied four times" (Ross p 3). The best known example of Reuwich's influence are the images in the illustrated Columbus letter, Basel 1494, depicting a Venetian galley anchored outside Rhodes and a carrack in the Modon view. The type was supplied by Peter Schoeffer, one of the earliest printers of Mainz and the principal workman on Johannes Gutenberg's Bible. Complete copies of this work are very rare. HC3956; GW 5075; BMC I-43; Fairfax Murray German 92; Goff B-1189; See Ross Picturing Experience in the Early Printed Book, Breydenbach's "Peregrinatio" from Venice to Jerusalem" University Park, PA, 2014.
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