"Desertum Paran", Fuller, Thomas
Subject: Sinai Desert, Egypt, Holy Land
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine
Color: Hand Color
14.4 x 11.6 inches
36.6 x 29.5 cm
This map shows the Sinai Desert, between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. The Wandering of the Jews is depicted, with biblical scenes included throughout. The map is adorned with two matching coats of arms and dedication to Iohanni and Iohanni Tailero.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) was a respected English clergyman who wrote several books on the history and geography of the Holy Land. His A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine, published in 1650 and again in 1662, was a geographical description of the Holy Land with special reference to biblical history. The maps were derived from the cartography of Adrichom supplemented by his own wide reading. Fuller financed the book by dividing it into sections and finding sponsors for each one. To acknowledge the patrons, all maps contained decorative cartouches with the sponsor's coat of arms and a dedication to him.
References: Laor #295; Nebenzahl (HL) p.128-131, #20; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.FULL-1a #19.
A nice impression on watermarked paper with wide margins and attractive color. There are professional repairs to several worm tracks at top, with a minor amount of image replaced in facsimile.