Three parts in one volume, 4to, pp. [xvi], 163; [xii], 176; [xii], 104; woodcut headpieces and initials; small marginal repair to lower outer corner of one leaf (T3 in first part, text not affected) and to lower inner margin of another (a4 in third part, text not affected), two leaves in second part browned at head (a2–3, not affecting text, slight paper flaw affecting a3); an excellent, fresh copy in eighteenth-century Italian vellum, edges stained blue.
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Historia dell’antica, e moderna Palestina. Descritta in tre parti . . . Nella quale si hà particolare descrittione de’ luoghe più singolari del sito, qualità di essi, governo, costume, guerre, rivolutioni, & altri successi notabili.
First edition; scarce. The Minorite friar Vincenzo Berdini was named Commissioner General of the Holy Land by Paul V in 1615. It is not known how long he spent in the Near East, but it was apparently long enough for him to visit and carefully study the principal holy sites (‘di vedere, ed’intender bene la verità de i luoghi santi della Palestina’, p. [v]). This extensive work, the fruit both of his travels and of professedly wide reading, is divided into three parts: the first is concerned with Palestine in relation to the Old Testament, the second is an analysis of the places mentioned in the Gospels, and in the third are described the various Christian communities then present in the Near East (Greeks, Latins, Georgians, Maronites, Armenians, and so on) as well as the prayers, hymns and rites used in the principal churches and by pilgrims.
Provenance: the Venetian senator Giacomo Soranzo (1686–1761), with his characteristic ownership inscription on front free endpaper dated 1724; small stamp of the Bibliotheca Albani at foot of title.
Röhricht 1019 (erroneously citing an edition printed in Siena in 1633); Tobler p. 211. Not in Blackmer.
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