Catalog Archive
Auction 151, Lot 608

"Iudaea, seu Terra Sancta quae Hebraeorum Sive Israelitarum in Suas Duodecim Tribus Divisa...", Sanson/Jaillot

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1677 (dated)

Publication: Atlas Nouveau

Color: Hand Color

33.5 x 21.5 inches
85.1 x 54.6 cm

This spectacular map of the Holy Land shows the division of Judea into the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The map is based on the cartography of Guillaume and Nicholas Sanson and is from a series of greatly enlarged maps published by Jaillot in collaboration with the heirs of Sanson. It is filled with notations, topography and place names, including the locations of Gomorra, Sodoma, Seboim and Adama as flaming cities in the Dead Sea. There are a pair of extravagant cartouches adorning this map. The title cartouche is festooned with garlands, ribbons and fruit, and is surmounted by the French royal coat of arms and flanked by the figures of Moses and Aaron. At the foot of the title cartouche is a minutely engraved medallion featuring Moses and the brazen serpent. The distance scale cartouche includes the key to the royal and priestly cities and sanctuaries. It is topped by a scene of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with the serpent and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Engraved by Cordier. This is the first state, printed on 2 joined sheets, as issued.

References: Laor #367; Pastoureau, JAILLOT I Aa #45.

Condition: A

A fine impression and lovely color with one short repaired edge tear at bottom that extends 0.5" into the image, a few small insignificant spots, and two very faint pencil notations in the image. Professionally mounted on linen.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $350

Closed on 11/19/2014