Auction 134, Lot 599

"Regio Canaan seu Terra Promissionis Postea Judaea vel Palaestina Nominata Hodie Terra Sancta…", Seutter, Matthias

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1725 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

22.5 x 19.5 inches
57.2 x 49.5 cm

Seutter based his map of the Holy Land on Sanson's influential map of 1662 and embellished it with bold figurative cartouches that were engraved by Gottfried Rogg. The kingdoms of Israel and Juda and the Twelve Tribes are delineated. Special symbols identify the cities of kings and priests and the ancient cities of refuge. The Sea of Galilee is erroneously linked with the Mediterranean. An inset at lower right depicts the Exodus with Moses holding his staff and the Ten Commandments, while above the inset are scenes of the wandering Israelites and the brazen serpent and Moses' scouts returning from the Promised Land. The title cartouche is surrounded by an ornate engraving of Christ casting out demons with the Crucifixion in the background beneath a solar eclipse.

References: Laor #720; Nebenzahl #55.

Condition: B

The centerfold has been reinforced on verso and there is some muddiness along the fold. There is light foxing in the blank margins with a few minor spots within the map.

Estimate: $500 - $600


Closed on 12/1/2010