Histoire et Voyage de la Terre-Sainte, ou? tout ce qu'il y a de plus remarquable dans les Saints lieux, est tres-exactement descrit. . . Ouurage enrichi de plusieurs figures en taille douce.
by GOUJON, Jacques-Florent (1621-1693).
Lyon:: Chez Pierre Compagnon, & Robert Taillandier, 1671., 1671. 4to. [xiv], 358 pp. Woodcut title vignette, 16 folding engraved plates, 1 map (of Palestine & Jerusalem); light foxing. [Plates are located facing pp. 1, 72, 114, 129, 136, 144, 152, 160, 162, 166, 176, 184, 188, 190, 192, 266, 315]. [COMPLETE]. Modern antique-style calf, raised bands, elaborate gilt-stamped spine compartments, covers tooled in blind. Fine. Second illustrated edition, illustrated with 16 Plates & a Map of the Levant. Jacques-Florent Goujon was a fur trader, before receiving a vocation and taking the habit of Cordelier in November 1636. He traveled to the Holy Land in 1666 and stayed for two years in Jerusalem. This interesting and well-illustrated volume relates the events of his journey, and endeavors to describe various significant locations in detail, with special attention being given to chapels, churches, Christ, Aleppo, the Dead Sea, archeological monuments and burial sites. Chapters [or "Visites"] include such subjects as "Mount Tabor", "Mummies and Pyramids", "The Holy Sepulcher", "Mount Zion", "The Mountains, and the Deserts", "Syria", and "of Egypt in General". While Goujon's interests are primarily religious, a large portion of the text is devoted to secular matters such as local customs, geography, and architecture. / "The issue [of colorful exaggeration in pilgrimage writing] remained alive in the work of Jacques Florent Goujon, a Franciscan who had spent two years (beginning in 1668) making observations, taking notes, and mulling over his experiences in the Holy Land. His Histoire et Voyage de la Terre Sainte (Lyon, 1670), a thoroughly Custodial work, explicitly urged the contrast to be drawn between a pilgrimage (such as his own) that was composed by a traveler who lived in Palestine over an extended period of time and a pilgrimage by a traveler who, however devout, was merely passing through. . . .Tension and competition between pious visitors and pious residents of the Holy Land became a hovering smoke in the literature of pilgrimage. . . ." "In Goujon, the perennial problem, of writing something new in a tradition of centuries reporting on the same places, is related to this matter of the comparison between the resident's thick interpretation of the Holy Land and the visitor's thin impressions of the same scene. Something to notice about Goujon is his use of a new style of language. He speaks of his seeming to "uncover (desrobant) the history and outline of the holy places" and remarks that "each step that Christ took conceals mysteries (cache des mysteres) which it is not easy to explain thoroughly." It is for this reason that one must make repeated visits to individual places. One cannot speak too often of the sacred places. There is always more to say. "These are the same places sanctified by these august mysteries that I have described. One cannot reflect enough on them. However devout he is, the Christian cannot often enough meditate upon them." "This is something of a conceptual breakthrough. Within the world of the pilgrimage, Goujon has found a new way to attack the old problem. There is always need for new books of pilgrimage, and not simply because earlier authors were imperfect or forgetful reporters or because things change over time or because everyone sees things from a different angle." – F. Thomas Noonan, The Road to Jerusalem: Pilgrimage and Travel in the Age of Discovery, pp. 206-207. REFERENCES: Mahfouz Labib, Pelerins et voyageurs au mont Sinaï, (1961), p. 98; Rohricht, 1142; Michael Greenhalgh, Syria's Monuments: Their Survival and Destruction, Brill, p. 435; Eran Laor, ?Shoshana Klein, ?Bet ha-sefarim ha-le?umi ?veha-univers?ta?i bi-Yerushalayim, Maps of the Holy Land: cartobibliography of printed maps, 1475-1900, 1986; Carl Ritter, The Comparative Geography of Palestine and the Sinaitic Peninsula, (Gage trans.), 1865; Henri Ternaux-Compans, Bibliotheque asiatique et africaine, ou: Catalogue des ouvrages relatifs à l'Asie et l'Afrique, qui ont paru depuis la decouverte de l'imprimerie jusqu'en 1700, no. 2179; Titus Tobler, Bibliographia, Geographica Palestinae, [Leipzig, 1867]; repr.: Amsterdam: Meridian, 1964. p. 111; Andrew Dickson White, A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom, New York: Appleton, 1901, vol. II, p.242.
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