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BREYDENBACH, Bernard von
Civitas Veneciaru.
Speyer,: Peter Drach,, 1486. 1502. Woodcut panorama, 4 sheets (each image c255 by 395mm, full margins), German text on verso of last sheet (one or two early repairs to verso, left-hand edge of 3rd sheet a bit frayed, old vertical folds, some minor spotting and staining). A magnificent panorama of Venice from the third German edition of Breydenbach's "Peregrinatio in terram sanctam", first published in Latin in February 1486.Breydenbach's account is regarded as the first illustrated travel book, and the illustrations created by Reuwich of Utrecht, who accompanied Breydenbach on his pilgrimage, of which this monumental view of Venice is but one, are the most detailed and accurate of fifteenth-century printed depictions of some of the most important European and Middle Eastern cities, having been drawn from life by the artist. These are also the first folding plates to appear in a printed book, and this comprehensive, minutely detailed panorama of Venice, extending to five feet in length, is the largest of them all. Reuwich, described by the author as a 'skilful painter', is otherwise unknown, and no other specimen of his work has been recorded.Bernhard von Breydenbach (1440-1497) was made a canon of Mainz Cathedral around 1450 and was appointed Dean in 1484. It does not appear that he was ever ordained. Breydenbach died in 1497 and was buried in the cathedral. When his tomb was opened in 1582, his body was found to be perfectly preserved, having being embalmed with substances brought back from his journey in the Near and Middle East.Breydenbach's pilgrimage, which took place … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Daniel Crouch Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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