Auction 124, Lot 593

"Tabula Nova Terrae Sanctae", Waldseemuller/Fries

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1541 (published)

Publication: Claudii Ptolemaei Alexandrini Geographicae Enarrationis…

Color: Black & White

16.3 x 9.5 inches
41.4 x 24.1 cm

This map of the Holy Land is based on the first 'modern' depiction of Palestine by Sanuto-Vesconte in 1320. The area is divided among the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The coast is oriented with east at the top, in a configuration that set the standard for maps of the region for the next 150 years. This edition, published in Vienna by Gaspar Trechsel, is a re-issue of the 1535 edition edited by Michael Servetus, but with the 'heretical' remarks about Palestine on the verso cautiously omitted, and without the banner title. Blank verso.

References: Laor #614; Mickwitz & Miekkavaara (Nordenskiold) Vol. II #211-41.

Condition: B

A nice impression on a sheet with marginal Latin manuscript roughly the same age as the map, with some oxidation of the ink causing some tiny paper loss in the bottom margin. There are a few small pen strokes in the map. A few repaired worm holes, mostly in the blank margins with two in the left part of the map, with some small loss on engraved lines. Still an attractive example that would frame well.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 5/7/2008