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Ierusalem vetustissima illa et celeberrima - PILGRIMAGE] - REISSNER, Adam - 1563. 
Georg Raben Sigismund Feyerabend and heirs of Weigand Han Frankfurt 1563 - First edition in Latin. Folio (31.5 x 21.3 cm);  (including title page with woodcut device), 635,  pp., double-page woodcut map, 42 woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-stamped calf, morocco lettering piece, a fine copy. A fine example, in an attractive contemporary binding, of the first edition in Latin of this important illustrated history of Jerusalem, before its destruction by Romans. Adam Reissner, a German mystic and poet, was pupil of Johann Reuchlin, a German humanist and prominent scholar of Greek and Hebrew. Reissner worked for many years as a scholar, teaching theology. He wrote historical and theological works, including an "anti-papal history" and later also became known as a hymn writer. In this book, considered one of Reissner's most important works, he describes Jerusalem in detail, with all its holy landmarks. Reissner draws a picture of the 'Heavenly Jerusalem' in contrast to the 'Satanic Babylon' which for him represents the corrupt papacy. For Reissner, a supporter of Caspar Schwenckfeld (German Protestant reformer and spiritualist) Jerusalem represents a community of true believers, in constant battle with the Antichrist of Rome. With constant comparisons of historical events to selected Bible passages Reissner eventually comes to the conclusion that the time of judgment day had arrived. The lovely woodcut illustrations by Virgil Solis were taken (or possibly copied) from the Luther Bible, published in 1560 by the Frankfurt publisher Sigmund Feyerabend. This edition is a translation of the first volume of the German edition, published the same year and entitled Ierusalem, die alte Haubtstat der Juden. We could not find any bibliographical evidence that its second volume has ever been translated and published (in spite of such claims in the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie). Rohricht 708; VD16 R1058; Adams R340; not in Atabey. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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