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IL DEVOTISSIMO VIAGGIO DI GERUSALEMME. Fatto, & descritto in sei libri dal Sigr. Giovanni Zuallardo ... l'anno 1586. Aggiontovi i disegni di varii luoghi di Terra Santa & altri paesi intagliati da Natale Bonifacio Dalmata.
Rome, F. Zanetti, & Gia. Ruffinelli, 1587, 1586. FIRST EDITION 1587, Italian text. Small 4to, 220 x 150 mm, 8¾ x 5¾ inches, fine engraved title page with architectural border with coats of arms of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and of the dedicatee, Odoardo Farnese, plus in the lower panel a pilgrim walking with the Virtues, full page engraved portrait of the author on b1 recto with his coats of arms, lion device and a verse addressed to him by Julius Roscius, 51 copper engraved views, maps, plans, and details of pilgrimage churches, 2 are full page, 17 measure 52 x 82 mm, (2 x 3¼ inches), and the rest are half page, engraved by the Croatian Natale Bonifacio after drawings by the author (Proemio), woodcut head - and tailpieces and historiated initials, divided into six books, pages (20), 402, (10) - index and colophon, bound in full crushed morocco, (signed Cuzin on lower dentelle) raised bands and gilt lettering to spine, wide gilt inner dentelles (turn ins), all edges gilt. Slightest rub to hinges at tail of spine, 2 small round faint brown marks to upper margin of title page, neat rectangular library stamp to verso title page, very small library stamp to lower margin of dedication page and colophon page, no other library signs, contents clean and bright throughout, binding tight and firm. A very good copy of the first edition of a rare and important travel book. Giovanni Zuallardo (1541 - 1634) born in Hainaut, Belgium, accompanied the son of a nobleman to whom he was tutor on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1586. This account of his 6 month travels in the Levant contains some of the earliest printed illustrations of buildings and and views of Palestine. Places visited include Venice, Italy, the Tremiti Islands, Southern Mediterranean, Zante, Cyprus, Crete, the surroundings of Bethlehem, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Tripoli. Many of the illustrations were copied by subsequent authors. "A traveller from the Low Countries, Zuallart visited the Holy Land in 1586. The judge, historian and Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre was also a self - taught artist who produced a travel book full of romantic images of the exotic East. His drawings of biblical cities nestling in sand dunes and bathed in sunshine were so accurate and precise that they are still a key source for architectural historians today" London Library. Harvard, Italian 16th Century Books, Volume II, No. 559; Blackmer 1873; Adams, Books Printed in Europe 1501 - 1600, Z - 190. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
      [Bookseller: Roger Middleton P.B.F.A.]
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