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
Nicolaus Visscher. "Het Beloofde Landt Canaan..." Amsterdam, ca. 1663. 12 1/2 x 18 3/4. Engraving. Very good condition.
A detailed map of the Holy Land at the time of Jesus, drawn by Nicolaus Visscher, probably the second of that name, and the third in line of the famous Visscher family cartographic firm. The map, based on Visscher's 1650 map of the same title (Laor: 791), has an orientation to the west, and the detail includes cities, myriad towns, rivers, roads, and sites associated with the Apostles. The elaborate, baroque title cartouche is balanced on both sides with two engraved vignettes of scenes from the New Testament. Cherubim hold cartouches in the upper corners. $450
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
D. Stoopendaal. "Het Beloofde Landt Canaan door wandelt . . .," Amsterdam: Visscher Family, 1702. 14 x 18 1/4. Copper engraving. Stained. Otherwise, good condition. Dutch text on verso, from a Bible published by the Keur family. Laor: 809.
A map of the Holy Land from the famous Dutch cartographic firm run by the Visscher family. This map, the work of Daniel Stoopendaal (1672-1726) and a lovely example of Dutch cartography, is derived from Nicholas Visscher's 1650 map of the same name. A decorative cartouche fills the bottom border; in it, Christ is shown ascending into heaven from the tomb. Two small scenes on either side depict his birth and his crucifixion. In the upper corners appear cartouches held by cherubim. $275
Willem Albert Bachiene. "Afbeelding van Egypt, de Woestyn e der Schelf-Zee, en 'T Land Kanaan." Gorinchem, Uitgegeven: Nicolaas Goetzee, 1750. 19 3/8 x 15. Engraving by J. van Jagen. Trimmed to neatline at right. Otherwise, excellent condition. Laor: 68.
A map extending from Egypt to Tyre and showing the route and stops of the Exodus. This map was drawn by Willem Albert Bachiene, a Dutch preacher, astronomer, and geographer who produced a number of maps, such as this one, of the Holy Land for use in mid-eighteenth century bibles. A decorative vignette of an encampment of the Israelites in the desert is included at the bottom left. $350
Willem Albert Bachiene. "Afbeelding van 't Joodsche Land." Gorinchem, Uitgegeven: Nicolaas Goetzee, 1750. 15 x 18 1/2. Engraving J. van Jagen. Some scattered staining; else good condition.
A map of Palestine during the rule of Rome. This map was drawn by Willem Albert Bachiene, a Dutch preacher, astronomer, and geographer who produced a number of maps, such as this one, of the Holy Land for use in mid-eighteenth century bibles. A decorative vignette in the lower right shows the crucifixion, and an elaborate baroque title cartouche is in the upper left, with a depiction of the Crucifixion in the lower right. $250
Willem Albert Bachiene. "Afbeeldinge der Stad Jerusalem..." Gorinshem: Nicolas Goetzee, 1750. 14 3/4 x 19 1/4. Engraving by J. van Jagen. Small marginal tears. Else, very good condition. Laor: 948.
Many editions of the Bible from the seventeenth century on included maps of the Holy Land, and some even included maps of ancient Jerusalem. This is such a map, based on the work of W.A. Bachiene, from a mid-eighteenth century Bible issued in the Netherlands. It shows the main outline of the city squares major sites, including the City of David and the hill of Golgotha. $300
John Blair. "Palæstinæ Sive Terræ Promissionis in duodecim Tribus partitae Facies Vetus." From Chronology & History of the World. London: J. Blair, 1768. Double folio. Engraved by John Bayly. 16 1/2 x 22 1/2 (neat lines) plus full margins. Laor, 107. Excellent condition.
A detailed map of the lands of the twelve tribes of Israel. Cities and towns are located and coded according to ancient sources. Topography is shown using simplistic directional mountain ranges. $350
"Description of the land of Canaan; with a summary account of the Canaanites, the journeys and conquests of the Israelites, &c" From Lavoisne's Historical Atlas. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey & Son, 1820. Engraving by Kneass, Young & Co. 16 3/8 x 20 1/2. Double folio sheet. Original hand color. Very good condition. Ref: Laor #65.
Mathew Carey was one of the first American cartographers, establishing his business in the late 18th century. His work in cartography, as well as medicine, established his business as one of the preeminent American publishers, the firm going through many manifestations and lasting until the late 20th century. The first variation was that of Carey and his son, Henry C., who formed Carey & Son about 1820.
Their most famous work was an American edition of Lavoisne's Historical Atlas, which is known for its up-to-date maps surrounded by scholarly text. Carey & Son's edition used two printing processes, combining copper plate engraving for the map with letter press printing for a text to elucidate the historical sciences. The result is fine, contemporary maps like this one of the Holy Land, depicted both prior to and after conquest by the Israelites, with insets "Form of the Camp of the Israelites" and "Plan of the City of Jerusalem." The text is of equal interest. $175
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
J. Assheton. "Syria and Palestine." Engraved on steel by J. Shury. London: Thomas Tegg, 73 Cheapside, March 1, 1829. 10 1/4 x 7 7/8. With folds as issued, and some consequent transfer staining. Else, very good condition.
Thomas Tegg (1776-1845) was a London bookseller and publisher. His substantial business success involved publishing original works, marketing remainders acquired from other publishers and reprinting works on which copyrights had expired.
J. or J. T. or J. T. W. Assheton was credited as a cartographer on many maps published by Tegg. John Shury was an engraver also often employed by Tegg.
This rather small-scale map is crowded by place names in the area depicted, including regions denominated "Aleppo," "Tripoli," "Accha," "Gaza," "Damascus" and "Palestine." $60
Anthony Finley. "The Places Recorded in the Five Books of Moses." From A New General Atlas, 1831 edition. With two inset maps: "Canaan Aram & c." and "The Eastern Countries as mentioned by Moses." Philadelphia: A. Finley, [1827-]31. 9 1/2 x 11 3/8. Engraving by Thackara. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.
Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley (c. 1790-1840) was a great popularizer of maps out of Philadelphia and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map shows the Holy Land as mentioned in the Pentateuch, highlighted with handsome original hand-color. Finley made great efforts to keep his maps up-to-date and accurate, and this is a nice example of his work.
James Thackara (1767-1848) was an engraver in Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He succeeded Thomas Birch as "keeper" or curator of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1816-1828. $65
Anthony Finley. "The Land of Moriah or Jerusalem and the Adjacent Country." From A New General Atlas, 1831 edition. With a scale comparing "Jewish Cubits," "Roman Miles" and "English Miles." Philadelphia: A. Finley, [1827-]31. 11 3/4 x 9 1/8. Engraving by H. S. Tanner. Full original hand-color. Very good condition.
Early in the nineteenth century, Anthony Finley (c. 1790-1840) was a great popularizer of maps out of Philadelphia and one of the leading cartographic publishers in America. His copper engraved maps are noted for their crisp appearance and interesting detail. This map shows part of the Holy Land centered on Jerusalem, from Ramah on the north to past Bethlehem on the south and from Anathoth on the east to Taralah on the west, all highlighted with handsome original hand-color. Finley made great efforts to keep his maps up-to-date and accurate, and this is a nice example of his work.
Philadelphia cartographer and engraver Henry Schenk Tanner (1786-1858) engraved maps for his own atlases, as well as for other publishers such as Finley. $75
John Dower. "Ancient Palestine." From A New General Atlas of the World. London: Henry Teesdale & Co., 1834. 17 x 14. Engraving by J. Dower. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A map by British cartographer J. Dower. Though other countries, including the United States, had by then developed cartographic industries of considerable quality, British map publishers were still the best in the world. This map is typical of their output, with clear and precise engraving depicting copious up-to-date information. Towns, rivers, roads, political boundaries and topography are shown from throughout. The hand coloring, beautifully applied, makes this map as handsome as it is interesting. $150
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.
One of a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 1880s, keeping their maps as current as possible. This handsome map, with an inset "The Peninsula of Mount Sinai," is a good example of their output.
William Hughes (1818 - 1876) was an English geographer and mapmaker, Professor of Geography at King's College and Queen's College, London, and author or editor of books and atlases for the classroom, of biblical studies and of general reference. NA
"Palestine & Adjacent Countries." Philadelphia: Thomas Cowperthwait, & Co, 1850. 15 5/8 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
A very informative map of Palestine by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co. 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 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." $125
"Palestine." From Colton's General Atlas. New York: J.H. Colton & Co., 1857. 14 5/8 x 11 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. With inset of "Arabia Petrea." Very good condition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. The General Atlas was the first single edition atlas published by the Colton brothers succeeding the expensive two-volume Atlas of the World. With its fine detail, this map of the Holy Land is a strong example of their successful work. As usual in Palestine maps of this period, hand coloring in pink, blue, green, and yellow delineate the lands of the Twelve Tribes. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $65
"Johnson's Palestine." From New Illustrated Family Atlas. New York: Johnson & Ward, 1862. 15 1/4 x 12 1/2. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
Featuring the strapwork style border common to Johnson's atlas work from 1860 to 1863, this map details the region from Beirut south to Busaireh and Kadesh Barnea, extending eastward as far as Mount Alsadamus in modern day Syria. The map presents both contemporary and ancient geography, often noting multiple names for the same political and geographical features. Also shown are numerous roadways and caravan routes throughout the region. An inset to the lower right details Jerusalem with ten important churches, biblical sites, and mosques noted. A view of Damascus decorates the upper left. $125
J. Bartholomew. "Palestine." From Black's General Atlas of the World, New Edition. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1867. 16 1/2 x 10 7/8 (neat lines). Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.
One of a series of precisely detailed maps of the world from one of the leading British mapmaking firms of the nineteenth century. Adam and Charles Black issued atlases from the 1840s through the 1880s, keeping their maps as current as possible. This handsome map, with the area of each of the Twelve Tribes delineated by color a good example of their output.
Scottish cartographer John Bartholomew, Jr., (1831-1893) was second in the prolific line of his family engaged in the map making business. $150
"Colton's Palestine." From Colton's General Atlas. New York: G.W. and C.B. Colton and Co., 1869. 15 3/4 x 12 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. With inset of "Arabia Petrea." Very good condition.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of map publishing in America moved from Philadelphia to New York. The Colton publishing firm played a large role in this shift. The General Atlas was the first single edition atlas published by the Colton brothers succeeding the expensive two-volume Atlas of the World. With its fine detail and decorative border, this map of the Holy Land is a strong example of their successful work. As usual in Palestine maps of this period, hand coloring in pink, blue, green, and yellow delineate the lands of the Twelve Tribes. An attractive map as well as a worthwhile historical document. $110
W.H. Gamble. "A New Map of Palestine or the Holy Land." From Mitchell's New General Atlas. Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, Jr., 1871. 14 x 11 1/2. Lithograph. Very good condition.
In 1846, S. Augustus Mitchell purchased the rights to the important Universal Atlas by H.S. Tanner. Mitchell had lithographic transfers made of the engraved maps and issued his version of Tanner's Universal Atlas, with maps that were essentially unchanged, other than process and a new border. Mitchell then immediately started to make some changes to the maps, mostly changing the copyright and publisher information, and he began his own series of editions of the Universal Atlas. This map, from one of his son's atlases and like those of other editions, is excellent, and includes an inset map of "Modern Jerusalem." $150
"Palestine, Reduced by arrangement with the Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund embodying as much of the Great Survey of Western Palestine as the scale allows." From Atlas of the World. Philadelphia: William M. Bradley & Bro., 1887. 23 x 17 3/4. Lithograph. Very good condition.
The Palestine Exploration Fund was founded in 1865 by a group of distinguished British academics and clergymen to promote research into the archaeology and history, manners and customs and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of biblical Palestine and the Levant. It is still in existence today.
The Fund's most ambitious and successful project, The Survey of Western Palestine (1871-1878), was the first accurate survey and map of the whole of the southern Levant west of the Jordan River, and gave subsequent archaeologists, botanists, geologists and geographers valuable reference material.
Royal Engineers C. R. Cronder and H. H. Kitchener (later known as "Kitchener of Khartoum") created the 26-sheet "Map of Western Palestine," published in London by the Ordnance Survey Office in 1880.
This map, published by the Bradley firm, is a reduction of the larger map, and is evidence that, while Philadelphia was no longer the main center of cartographic publishing in North America by the late nineteenth century, many fine maps were still produced there. $400
"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
"Palestine." Chicago: George F. Cram & Co., 1891. 13 1/2 x 10 1/2. Colored cerograph. Very good condition.
The George F. Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm in Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century the center of cartographic publishing was New York City, but this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These companies were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information. George Cram started in the map and atlas business in 1867 as Cram & Blanchard. In 1869 the company became George F. Cram & Company with him as the sole owner, and the Cram firm quickly became synonymous with accuracy and innovation, creating maps delineating cities, towns, major transportation routes, railroads, and topographical features. This map of Palestine is no exception. In 1921 George Cram retired and sold his business to E.A. Peterson of the National Map Company, but the Cram name was retained even after George Cram died in 1928. In 1932 the George F. Cram Company produced globes for the first time. The company is still in business and producing globes today. $35
"Palestine." From Rand McNally & Company's Indexed Atlas of the World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1902. 19 x 12 1/2. Cerograph. With inset "Modern Jerusalem and Environs." Very good condition.
An early twentieth century map from the Rand, McNally & Co. firm out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. Typical of the firm's work, this map has very good detail precisely and neatly exhibited. Aesthetically and cartographically, it presages the Rand McNally maps of the twentieth century. $65
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