Auction 148, Lot 608

Visually Impressive Map with Elaborate Border

"Chorographia Terrae Sanctae in Angustiorem Formam Redacta, et ex Variis Auctoribus a Multis Erroribus Expurgata [in book] R. P. Joannis Stephani Menochii Doctoris Theologi Commentarii Totius Sacrae Scripturae…", Tirinus, Jacobus

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1632 (circa)


Color: Black & White

32.3 x 12.5 inches
82 x 31.8 cm

This visually stunning map of the Holy Land is surrounded with panels displaying sacred objects, including a menorah, the arc of the covenant, the altar of sacrifices, the Tabernacle, and a plan and elevations of the Temple. At center is an inset bird's-eye plan of ancient Jerusalem based on the Spanish biblical geographer, Juan Bautista Vilalpando. Oriented with east at top, the map includes the territories of the twelve tribes on both sides of the Jordan River and the route of the Exodus and Wandering. Two sheets joined as issued.

The map is bound into a book by Giovanni Stefano Menochio entitled R. P. Joannis Stephani Menochii Doctoris Theologi Commentarii Totius Sacrae Scripturae (9.0 x 15.0"). Menochio (1575-1655) was a Catholic scholar who was highly regarded as a commentator, and taught at several colleges during his lifetime. His greatest work was the Brevis Explicatio Sensus Literalis Sacrae Scripturae optimus quibusque Auctoribus per Epitomen Collecta. This example is a later edition revised by Rene-Joseph Tournemine and published in 1771 with Latin text. Contains three volumes with indices: Volume 1 (352 pp.), Volume 2 (396 pp.), and Volume 3 (416 pp.). Folio, hardbound in full calf with raised bands on spine with gilt title and tooling.

References: Laor #771.

Condition: A

Map is in excellent condition with a strong impression. Text is clean and tight with some occasional damp stains in blank margins. Covers show some light shelf wear with a few chips and scuffs and the spine has some minor cracks.

Estimate: $1,500 - $1,800


Closed on 2/19/2014