"Aegyptus Antiqua", Fuller, Thomas
Period: 1650 (circa)
Publication: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine…
Color: Hand Color
13.3 x 11.4 inches
33.8 x 29 cm
This delightfully illustrated map is from what R.V. Tooley described as "the most quaint and decorative series of maps." Covering ancient Egypt, the map is filled with pictorial illustrations and is embellished with an elaborate coat of arms and dedication to Henry Neville. Engraved by Robert Vaughan.
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, was a geographical description of the Holy Land with special reference to biblical history. 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.
References: Shirley (BL Atlases) G.FULL-1a; Tooley (Maps and Mapmakers) p. 104.
Nice impression and color on watermarked paper with worm tracks along the edges of the sheet at top and bottom, entering map border at top with a minor amount of border skillfully replaced in facsimile.