Mecca, "16 days from Jerusalem"

Seydlitz, Melchior von. Gründtliche Beschreibung der Wallfart nach dem heiligen Lande, neben Vermeldung der jemmerlichen und langwirigen Gefengnuß derselben Gesellschafft [...]. Auffs newe vom Authore ubersehen und corrigirt [...]. Allen Christen, und insonderheit denen vom Adel zu guter Nachrichtung in Druck gefertiget.

(Görlitz, Ambrosius Fritsch, 1584).

4to. 160 unnumbered pp. Title page printed in red and black. With a large title woodcut in red and black and 3 woodcuts in the text (1 page-sized cut, 2 repeats). Modern vellum bound to style, stored in custom cloth-lined slipcase.


Scarce account of a 1556/59 journey to the Holy Land by the Silesian nobleman Melchior von Seydlitz. First published in 1580, the work begins with the events of the trip from Venice via the Greek islands to Cyprus, where the pilgrims stayed from July 4 through 14, 1556. An entire chapter is devoted to the description of the island, its geography, agriculture, salt works, etc. Substantive chapters are dedicated to Jerusalem, Damascus, and Constantinople. Also mentions Mecca, "16 days from Jerusalem". "Seylitz's party was taken captive in Palestine; the 'honourable warrior' Hand von Ehrenberg visited them in Ramleh" (cf. Tobler). The fine title woodcut shows the travellers' capture; the full-page illustrations depicts te Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Several contemporary underlinings and marginalia in red ink. Small, faint erased stamp to reverse of title. A fine copy.

VD 16, ZV 14388. Röhricht 710. Yerasimos p. 245. Cf. Tobler 76.