Auction 159, Lot 587

"Reuben, Aquarum Instar Ruens ne Excellas", Fuller, Thomas

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1650 (circa)

Publication: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine

Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 10.9 inches
33.5 x 27.7 cm

This delightfully illustrated map is from what R.V. Tooley described as "the most quaint and decorative series of maps." The map covers the Tribe of Reuben, between the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, and the Amon River. The map is filled with biblical illustrations, including the Jews crossing the Jordan and Moses atop Mount Nebo. The map is adorned with a coat of arms and dedication to Sir Paul Pindar. Engraved by William Marshall.

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 to him.

References: Laor #280; Nebenzahl (HL) p.128-131, #3; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.FULL-1a #2.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with several worm tracks mostly confined to the blank margins that have been professionally infilled, including two that enter the image at top center, with a minor amount of image replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $190

Closed on 9/14/2016