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Sebastian Munster. "Jerusalem civitas sancta..." From Cosmographia. Basel, 1558. Woodcut. 6 x 14 7/8 with text. Two small holes along centerfold, outside of image. Else, very good condition.

A woodcut view of Jeruslem by Sebastian Munster (1489-1552) from an edition of his Cosmographia. Munster, a Swiss theologian, mathematician and cosmographer, was one of the greatest geographers in the era before "modern" cartography, and beginning in 1540 he issued numerous maps and views, many in his important Cosmographia. His output was a most influential cause of the spread of geographic knowledge from the middle years of the sixteenth century. His works have aptly been described as Renaissance knowledge through a Medieval medium. This map of Jerusalem is typical of his excellent work and it is one of the earliest avilable views of the city. The city walls are shown along with a number of other prominent sites, inclduing temples and mosques. $450

Dead Sea
"Detail Map of the Dead Sea." From Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) A Pisgah sight of Palestine. London: John Williams, 1650. Copperplate engraving by John Goddard. 11 1/4 x 13 3/4. Very good condition.

This map is the southern half of the map of Palestine that is described by Eran Loar, Maps of the Holy Land, p. 36, #278: "Map of biblical Palestine divided among the Tribes on both sides of the Jordan, the shore line running from 'Sidon' as far as 'Rinocoloura.' Haifa bay which should be shown between Acre and Haifa, is reversed, and instead of being a bay is a land mass jutting out into the sea. The Kishon River is shown as connecting the Mediterranean with the Sea of Galilee. Acre is also connected by a river with the same sea. The emblems of all the tribes are shown on the map." $225

"Benjamin." From Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) A Pisgah sight of Palestine. London: John Williams, 1650. Copperplate engraving by Robert Vaughan (c. 1600- c. 1663) "near Waltham, 1649." 11 x 13 1/2. Very good condition.

This map is described by Eran Loar, Maps of the Holy Land, p. 37, #291: "Shows the inland territory in central Palestine on the west bank of the Jordan, apportioned to the Tribe of Benjamin. Jerusalem appears on the map with its Temple and within the walls. Jericho is shown as a big city. Many other biblical illustrations. The emblem of the Tribe: an attacking wolf." $225

Nicolaus Visscher. "Terra Sancta, Promissionis, olim Palestina . . .." Amsterdam, ca. 1659+ 18 1/2 x 22 1/4 (neat lines) plus full margins. Engraving (hand colored). Slight age browning and professional repairs to old tears into top and bottom images. Attached to archival board. Laor, 793.

Map of the Holy Land oriented to the West, divided among the Tribes on both sides of the Jordan. The shore line runs from "Sidon" as far as Egypt. The Kishon River connects Haifa Bay to the Lake of Tiberias. Along the top a garland supported by cherubin. At bottom center, the encampment of the Tribes in the desert surrounding the Tabernacle, flanked by Moses and Aaron. In the bottom right corner, the emblem of the firm, but the fisherman is replaced by fishing children. From one of many atlases published by the Visscher family. $900

Alain Mallet. "Jerusalem Modern[e]." Frankfurt am Main, 1684-85. 5 7/8 x 4 (platemarks) plus margins. Line engraving. Excellent condition. Ref.: Laor, 1077.

This bird's eye view is based on Braun and Hogenberg's depiction in Civitates Orbis Terrarum (Cologne, 1575). This exquisite view was issued in Alain Manesson Mallet's Beschreibung des gantzen Welt-Kreisses, fig. CX. Modern Jerusalem is seen from the east across the River Kidron with a bridge at the bottom of the valley. Pilgrims with staffs kneel and Moslems in turbans stand on the road regarding the bridge leading toward the city; they demonstrate that even the sight of Jerusalem at a distance is awesome to behold. $225

After C.J. Visscher. "De gelegentheyt van't Paradys en't Landt Canaan . . ." Amsterdam: Pieter Dordrecht & Jacob Keur, 1730. 12 x 17 1/2. Engraving. Very good condition. Laor: 806.

A striking map of the middle east based on an earlier map by C.J. Visscher and issued in a 1730 Dutch Bible. The map illustrates events and locations from early biblical times and contains some attractive vignettes in the corners and at the bottom. The corner images relate to the events in the Garden of Eden and the bottom image shows Noah's ark. $350

Willem Albert Bachiene."Afbeelding van 'T Land van Israel." From a Dutch Bible. Gorinchem, Uitgegeven: Nicolaas Goetzee, 1749. 19 x 15. Engraving. With narrow margins as issued. Very good condition.

One of a series of maps of the Holy Land during different historic epochs issued in a mid-eighteenth century Dutch bible. This map was drawn by Willem Albert Bachiene, a Dutch preacher, astronomer, and geographer. The map has a baroque title cartouche. This map of the Land of Israel with all the locations and geographic features mentioned in the Bible indicated. The illustration is of Moses looking out from Mount Nebo at the land he was forbidden to enter. $250

Johann Christoph Harenberg. "Palaestina in XII Tribus." Nuremberg: Homann Heirs, 1750+. 18 7/8 x 20 1/2. Engraving. Original outline color. Very good condition. Laor: 41.

This map includes an insert map of Palestine divided according to different regions at different times. $600

Delisle: Terrae Sanctae
Guillaume Delisle. "Terrae Sanctae Tabula e Scripturae Sacrae, Flavii Josephi, Eusebii et Divi Hieronymi..." From Rigobert Bonne's Atlas Moderne ou Collection de Cartes sur toutes les parties du Globe Terrestre. Paris: Lattré and Delalain, 1763. Two sheets each 13 1/2 x 19 1/2. Original hand color. Some minor blemishes. Otherwise, very good condition. Laor: 245.

A beautiful, two sheet map of the Holy Land originally done by Guillaume Delisle, but edited by his brother, Joseph after his death. Palestine shown divided among the Tribes. Typical of the French school of cartography, the decorative elements of the map are kept to the cartouches. In this particular one, the ten commandments are included. $550

Finley Holy Land
A. Finley. "Palestine." From A New General Atlas. Philadelphia: A. Finley, 1827. 11 1/3 x 8 3/4. Engraving by Young & Delleker. Original hand color. Stain in lower right margin. Else, very good condition.

Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley was one of the leading Philadelphian mapmakers of the period and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. Along with the usual topographical information in this map are icons representing the Royal Cities, Cities of the Refuge, and the Levitical Cities. $125

Map from the SDUK. London: Chapman & Hall, 1843. Approx. 15 1/2 x 12 1/4. Engraving by W. Hughes. Original outline hand coloring. Excellent condition.

Four interesting maps of the Holy Land by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). The English had attempted- at the height of their archaeological expeditions to Egypt and Israel- to demystify the bible and locate many of the well-known biblical cities (Ophrah, Jericho, and the Place of Passage of the Israelites), in all of the maps. Each map also has an area of detail to further convey the changes that have occurred between the ancient and modern lands. These maps are fine historical documents and coupled with each other or individually, they are excellent examples of the quality of work done by the SDUK.

"Palestine and Adjacent Countries." Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846-51. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

A very informative map of Palestine by S. Augustus Mitchell. The country is broken up into its Turkish provinces with a listing of all thirty eight of them. Palestine, along with many countries in the area, was part of the Ottoman empire starting in 1516 and not ending until World War I. This map also includes a map of the environs of Jerusalem, a list of the ten cities of the Decapolis, icons representing towns mentioned in the sacred scripture, the ancient and modern names of many cities, and an explanation of Arabic appellatives. Finally, there is a notation of the new measurements and exploration of the Dead Sea which is "smaller than usually represented." $150

Cram: Birds Eye Holy Land
"Birds-Eye-View of The Holy Land." Engraved by permission from A.J. Marks' large chromo Lithograph. Chicago: Geo. F. Cram, 1891. 7 1/4 x 12 3/8. Plus key to topographical features, landmarks and towns. Lithotint. Very good condition. $75


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