"Die Heylige Statt Jerusalem...", Munster, Sebastian
Subject: Jerusalem, Holy Land
Period: 1590 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.9 x 6.2 inches
37.8 x 15.7 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 German text (16.1 x 13.5"), with text on the verso.
References: Laor #1087.
Nice impression and color with archival repairs to a few tiny separations along centerfold, two tiny worm holes, a tear in top blank margin that just touches neatline, and some creasing at top adjacent to the centerfold.