[ATTRACTIVE 17TH CENTURY LATIN WORK ON THE HOLY LAND] Historica theologica et moralis Terræ Sanctæ elucidatio in qua pleraque ad veterem et præsentem ejusdem Terræ Statum spectantia accurate explicantur varii errores refelluntur veritas... 2 volumes set.
FR. FRANCISCO QUARESMIO, (Laudensi Ordinis Minorum Theologo Olim Terræ Sanctæ Præsule Ac Commissario Apostolico Cum Triplici Indice Et Elencho Concionum Tabulis Et Chartis Geographicis Illustratum), (1583-1650).
Typis Antonellianis., Venetiis, (1880-1881).
Extremely rare second edition of Quaresmus' work including four parts in two volumes, which is a contribution to history, geography, archaeology, biblical and moral science of the East and Holy Land. First Edition is 1639, printed in Antwerp. This edition was edited by Father Cypriano da Treviso. The first volume has one two-page map titled 'Chorographia Terræ Sanctæ Sev Terræ Promissionis Nova Descriptio' depicting a very attractive view of the Holy Lands, which is decorated ships heading to the Holy Land. The second volume has two maps, one plate, and two plans (All are folded and huge sizes). The first map is one of the most attractive views of Jerusalem titled 'Novæ Ierosolymæ et Locorvm Circvmiacentivm Accvrata Imago'. Other is depicting attractively 'Montis Calvariæ' [i.e. Calvary, or Golgotha] which was, according to the canonical Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus was crucified, as well as Bethlehem and Resurrection Temple's plans. Quaresmio was a writer and Orientalist of the seventeenth century. His father was the noble Alberto Quaresmi and his mother Laura Papa. At an early age, he was enrolled among the Franciscan Observantines at Mantua. For many years he held the chairs of philosophy, theology, and canon law, and became successively guardian, custos, and minister of his province. His long apostolate in the East and the magnificent works he has left us have secured Quaresmius worldwide fame, especially among earlier historians, Biblical scholars, and Orientalists. On 3 March 1616, he went to Jerusalem, where he became Guardian and Vice-Commissary Apostolic of Aleppo in Syria (1616-8), and Superior and Commissary Apostolic of the East (1618-9). During this period he was twice imprisoned by the Turks. In 1620 he returned to Europe, but in 1625 was back in Jerusalem, whence the following year he addressed from the Holy Sepulchre an appeal to Philip IV of Spain, inviting him to reconquer the Holy Land, and at the same time dedicating to him his work, "Hierosolymæ afflictæ". Between 1616 and 1626 he wrote his classical work, "Elucidatio terræ Sanctæ", adjudged by the learned a monumental contribution to history, geography, archæology, Biblical and moral science. During 1627-9 he was at Aleppo as papal commissary and as vicar-patriarch for the Chaldeans and Maronites of Syria and Mesopotamia. In 1629 he went to Italy to render an account to the Holy See of the state of the Eastern Churches; he then returned to the East, but how long he remained is not known. Meanwhile, he journeyed through Egypt and Sinai, the Holy Land, Syria, Mesopotamia, Cyprus, Rodi, Constantinople, and a large part of Asia Minor; he also visited Germany, France, Belgium, and Holland. In 1637 he was a guardian of S. Angelo (Milan), wherein 1643 he completed his other great work on the Passion of Christ.
Original 1/3 black leather bdg. Six raised bands to spine. Marbled endpapers. Gilt title on spine and volume numbers. Folio. (38 x 28 cm). In Latin. 2 volumes set: (xxviii, , 761 p.; 893 p., 6 engraved maps and plans (5 folded)).
COMPLETE TITLE: [ATTRACTIVE LATIN WORK ON THE HOLY LAND] Historica theologica et moralis Terræ Sanctæ elucidatio in qua pleraque ad veterem et præsentem ejusdem Terræ Statum spectantia accurate explicantur varii errores refelluntur veritas fideliter exacteque discutitur et comprobatur opus non tantum ad Terram Sanctum proficisccentibus sed etiam Sacræ Scripturæ studiosis et divini verbi præconibus utilissimum. 2 volumes set.