"[Lot of 3] Beschryving van den Tempel te Jeruzalem volgens Vilalpandus [and] Gedeelten en Sieraaden der Bouwkunde van den Tempel, met der Zelver Maaten, volgens Vilalpandus [and] Gezicht en Opgehaalde Hoogte van Salomons Tempel", Calmet, Augustin
Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land
Period: 1725 (circa)
Publication: Het Algemeen Groot Historisch … Woord-Boek, van den Gantschen H. Bijbel
Color: Black & White
16.7 x 11.9 inches
42.4 x 30.2 cm
This lot includes three copper engravings from Calmet's encyclopedic dictionary on all aspects of the history, geography, and culture of the Bible and Biblical times. The first two engravings show various elevations and plans for Solomon's Temple based on the imaginative reconstructions of Juan Bautista Villalpando, whose work was based on the assumption that the buildings of Jerusalem were designed using the laws of geometry according to God's vision. The third engraving depicts a bird's-eye view of Solomon's Temple. Size varies slightly.
On watermarked paper with wide margins, light soiling, and centerfold separations confined to the blank margins. There are damp stains in the blank margins, which enter the top portion of the image in the third engraving.