Scarce Italian Travelogue to Palestine

Relatione tripartita del viaggio di Gierusalemme, Nella quale si racontano gli avvenimenti dell'Autore, l'origini, & cose insigni de' luoghi di passaggio visitati, Con una sommaria raccolta delle indulgenze, e preci solite acquistarsi, et farsi nella visita di ciascun loco. Descritta da Fra Steffano Mantegazza Sacerdote Milanese dell'Ordine de Predicatori.

M. DC. XVI. [1616]. Second edition (first in 1601). In contemporary paper. (20), 476, (12) p. Title with woodcut printer’s device, text printed in red and black. With woodcut headpieces and initials throughout. Spine and foot edge lettered in ink. Contemporary ownership inscription on title page. Spine somewhat discolored, with minimal damages at head and foot. Panels stained, spotted, lightly dusted. Inside clean. Overall in very good condition.

Rare Italian travelogue of Palestine through Egypt, Sinai, and the Greek islands.

An account of Steffano Mantegazza’s travel to Jerusalem around 1600. Mantegazza traveled to Egypt, Sinai and the Greek islands of Zakynthos and Cephalonia. His work contains a detailed account of Alexandria, Cairo, and the Sinai. Although Mantegazza concentrates predominantly on natural history and religious sights he also includes an important report on the Beduin occupation between 1516 and 1518 of the Saint Catherine's Monastery, during the interregnum between the Mamluk and Ottoman rule.

Ref.: Kalfatovic 78

Bibl.: Kalfatovic, M. R.: Nile Notes of a Howadji: A Bibliography of Travelers' Tales from Egypt, from the Earliest time to 1918. Metuchen, N.J., London: Scarecrow Press, 1992.; Schur, N.: St. Catherine's Monastery: When Was the Recently Discovered Cache of Ancient Manuscripts Hidden? In: The Biblical Archaeologist. Vol. 44, No. 3 (Summer, 1981), pp. 133–134.

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Price: €6,000.00

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