1590] · [colophon: Coloniae Agrippinae
Wonderfully detailed study of the Holy Land. Adrichem (1533–85) was a Delft-born priest (a.k.a., Christianus Crucius) who wrote several works on Jerusalem and the Holy Land. His important and influential Theatrum Terrae Sanctae is famous for its engraved maps, but because he used contemporary sources that are now lost, his text is justly sought for its descriptions of Palestine and the antiquities of Jerusalem as these were to be known during the last half of the 16th century.
This is universally held to be the first edition, with subsequent editions in 1593, 1600, 1613, 1628, and 1682, and it was translated into several languages, including English. Clouding the bibliographic record however are poorly catalogued copies at Harvard and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: A copy at Harvard purports to have been printed in 1589, but with no indication of where or by whom. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek copy is variously reported as having been printed in Köln in 1582 (Index Aurel.) and 1585 (its OPAC and WorldCat). We believe the Harvard and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek copies to be erroneously catalogued, leading to these questionable dates of production.
The volume here begins with an engraved allegorical title-page, has woodcut initials and tailpieces, and bears => 12 folding or double-page engraved maps filled with small details, including sea monsters. The text, printed in roman type in double-column format, contains as lagniappe a chronology from Adam to 1585, the year of the author's death, and on pp. 145–81 his "Urbis Hierosolymae," a listing of 270 landmarks in Jerusalem. => An interesting "guide book."
Provenance: Early inked inscription of Francisci Rolland on title-page with another owner's signature scratched out; later in the "Palestine Institute" at the Pacific School of Religion (properly released).
VD16 A303; Index Aurel. 100.709. 16th-century calf, covers ruled/stamped in blind, rubbed and bumped; rebacked with neat gilt spine label, all edges red. Ex-library/provenance markings as above; institutional rubber-stamp on title-page and one text leaf, pencilled call number. Light to moderate age-toning with spotting, dust-soiling, bent corners, short tears or chipped edges, not "throughout" but more than "occasional"; several gatherings with marginal inkstain or medium waterstain. One map with a few inked spots on back, small inked notes on maps to indicate placement, all folds strong. => A marvelous series of maps and a well-researched text. (Inventory #: 36911)