"Ierusalem Ciuitas Sancta, olim Metropolis Regni Iudaici, hodie uero Colonia Turcae", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land
Period: 1559 (circa)
Color: Black & White
14.8 x 6 inches
37.6 x 15.2 cm
This bold double-page woodcut view of Jerusalem is purely imaginary. Never having seen Jerusalem, the artist, Jacob Clauser (whose monogram appears at bottom right), drew the buildings to reflect contemporary European architecture rather than the actual appearance of the time. Still it is a well-detailed perspective view from outside the walls with numerous buildings and temples named. On a full sheet of Latin text (15.5 x 12.0"), with text on the verso.
References: Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #156-123.
Minor show-through of text on verso, with light toning and some soiling, primarily along centerfold. There are a couple damp stains in text below view, as well as a short tear in bottom blank margin.