First edition of the first book about Jerusalem printed in the Holy City, illustrated with the Western Wall on the title page. This is also the first travelogue of the Holy Land published in Jerusalem. A fine copy of this scarce work.
Published under the regime of the Sultan Abdul Maagid, the ‘Book of the Love of Jerusalem’ was “written specifically for the edification of the Jews in the Diaspora”, to educate them on what the Holy Land and Jerusalem were like, compared to their description in the Bible. It is as such the first attempt by the residents of Jerusalem to convey to Diaspora Jewry the significance of the city and its holy places, and to link the global Jewish community spiritually and physically to the Land of Israel.
A proper travel guide, it includes complete descriptions of the Land of Israel and Jerusalem, the holy cities, villages and important grave sites. The physical geography of each region is detailed in a manner that includes natural elements such as hills and caves, and their place in history. The commentary is presented from a spiritual, religious viewpoint that emphasises the sacred significance of each location.
Small quarto, (15.5 x 21 cm). [2 incl. title with woodcut vignette, text to verso], 60 leaves, text in Hebrew; title page a bit stained and rubbed. Recent marbled half calf boards, gilt title to spine. A fine copy.
Stock ID: 95387