Auction 139, Lot 582

"Situs Terrae Promissionis. S.S. Bibliorum Intelligentiam Exacte Aperiens per Chr. Adrichom", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1639 (published)

Publication: Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm

Superb map of the Holy Land based on the cartography of Christian van Adrichom. With north oriented to the bottom left, the map covers from the Nile delta to Sidon and is divided into the twelve tribes. It is finely engraved with minute detail and depicts numerous biblical scenes including the Exodus, the wandering of the Children of Israel, and several battle scenes. A floral and fruit garland is draped across the top, symbolizing the land of plenty. It is further decorated with two putti holding up a banner containing a Latin verse, figures of Moses with the Ten Commandments and Aaron dressed in the priestly vestments, Jonah and the whale, and a strapwork distance scale. Engraved by Everadus Sim. Hamersveldt and Salomon Rogeri. French text on verso.

References: Laor #23C.

Condition: B+

Wide original margins with a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1/2" into map image at bottom, and a few faint spots. There is a tear in bottom blank margin, far from map image, that has been closed with archival tape.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 2/15/2012