Viaggio da Venezia al S. Sepolcro e al Monte Sinai … Aggiuntoui il modo di pigliar le sante indulgenze … Di nuovo aggiuntavi una tavola, che dinota quante miglia sono da luogo a luogo insino a Gerusalemme……

Bianco, Noe.

Book ID: 34384


Small 8vo. 192 pp., title with woodcut vignette, numerous woodcut illustrations, modern half calf, rebacked with new endpapers, title gilt on black morocco on upper cover, some soiling and water stains, one or two closed tears, Domenico Marescandoli, Lucca, circa 1700.


Early guidebook for pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, including views of Jerusalem and the Temple of Solomon, as well as lists of relics in Venetian churches. Seems to correspond with the copies held at Oxford and at the British Library, Oxford dating this edition between 1666 and 1699, the British Library copy, circa 1700.
Not a lot is known about the author who travelled to Palestine before 1470. This work was considered for a long time as the only available guide to pilgrims to the Holy Land. Noe was inspired greatly by another Italian traveller Niccolo da Poggibonzi (1346 – 1350). The subjects illustrated include views of Italian & Middle Eastern cities, as well as zoological subjects. Some interesting depiction of Jerusalem can be found in this fine, compact book of a Venetian traveller and merchant. The miniature woodcuts illustrating the text show architectural and historical images of Jerusalem – such as Solomon’s Temple and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – reproduced in simplified graphic forms.
A late edition. This work is one of the oldest Italian travel books, first printed in folio in 1500, an anonymous pilgrim’s handbook and guide to the Holy Land. The second edition appeared in small 8 vo. in 1518/1519, and the format of the work has remained unchanged since then, when the woodcuts of Corfu, Crete and Rhodes which occur in all subsequent editions first appeared. In the late 16th century the name of friar Neo Bianchi, whose guide to the Holy Land appeared in 1566 , was somehow attached to this work. Possibly an unscrupulous publisher thought the work would sell better if a known author could be connected to it. The first edition which we have found (after examining editions of 1500, 1519, 1546, 55, 63 and 87) to contain the name Noe on the title is that of Lucca, 1600, and all subsequent editions are the same (e.g. 1609, 1640, 1647, 1680, 1728). The author of this anonymous guide also included accounts of Egypt and Mt Sinai, and the woodcuts also describe exotic plants and animals.
Bibliographic references: Brunet 1, 847; Blackmer for Bassano edition of 1734; Tobler 63. Röhricht p. 158. Graesse 1, 361 for the first edition of 1537;

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