Blumen-Buch deß Heiligen Lands Palestinae, so in drey Bücher Abgetheilt.

Zwinner, Electus ?- 1668.

Book ID: 2923


Small 4to. [13], 660 pp., [35], German text, 1 engraved steel map, copper plates: 3 in text and 17 hors text (of which 3 are folding), tear on pages 123-126 professionally repaired, rebound in modern half leather with marbled boards, new endpapers, some worming towards middle, some pages stained and browned, scattered foxing, Johann Wagner, Munich, 1661.


Early German traveller in Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. He worked as a Franciscan missionary in the Holy Land, where he led the Franciscan mission as Commissioner General of the Order. On the basis of his experience, especially from his third journey to Palestine in 1658, he compiled this work which was printed for the first time in Munich in 1661. It is, in fact, an early geographic guide to the holy places. With descriptions of Jerusalem, Palestine and other cities including Antioch and Damascus, as well as Cyprus, Malta and Rhodes.
In the first part, Zwinner describes Jerusalem and Palestine, while in the second he reports over 23 famous pilgrimage places (presumably based on Quaresmios “Peregrinationes”), the third part is on those cities that do not belong to Palestine (Damascus, Antioch, etc.). Various copper plates with views of Jerusalem, Jaffa, the Holy Grave, Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, etc. and plans.
Bibliographic references: Graesse VI, 523; Tobler 107. VD17 12: 121645S; Tobler 1658; Röhricht 1106; Laor 873, 1171 and 1172.

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