Antique Map Auction Sale No. 111 - closed 6/8/2005
This scarce map is a printed version of Petrus Vesconte's landmark manuscript map - the basis for all early cartography of Palestine. The Holy Land is oriented with east at the top, and the coastline, mountains, rivers and places are all fairly accurate. It is remarkable for its network of lines, which provide a kind of latitude and longitude scheme. Old Testament iconography is emphasized and includes the locations of the Twelve Tribes, a depiction of the tomb of Job, and inscriptions marking where Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Crusader forts are located along the coastline.