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Auction 118, Lot 791

"Terra Sancta quae in Sacris Terra Promissionis olim Palestina", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1629 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 15 inches
49.5 x 38.1 cm

Magnificent map of the Holy Land, viewed as Moses would have seen it from atop Mt. Pisgah in his vision of the Promised Land. The Exodus and the Wandering of the Children of Israel are depicted in the Sinai. Moses and Aaron flank the decorative cartouche, Jonah and the whale are shown in the sea, and the Pharaoh's forces are seen drowning in the Red Sea. The Mare Mortuum or Dead Sea is shown in a distorted shape with Sodom and Gommora burning within it. The map is oriented with west at the top by a lovely compass rose. This map was engraved by Jodocus Hondius and the plate was purchased by Blaeu who issued it under his own name. German text on verso.

References: Laor #106; Nebenzahl (HL) #42.

Condition: A

Lovely old color. Overall even toning and some light show-through of the text on verso.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $850

Closed on 3/6/2007