Auction 159, Lot 593

"Libanus et ejus Vicinia", Fuller, Thomas

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1650 (published)

Publication: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine

Color: Hand Color

13.2 x 11.1 inches
33.5 x 28.2 cm

This delightfully illustrated map is from what R.V. Tooley described as "the most quaint and decorative series of maps." The map covers northern Palestine with the southeastern tip of Cyprus visible in the Mediterranean. The map is filled with biblical illustrations and is adorned with an elaborate coat of arms and dedication to Simon Bonnell. 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: Nebenzahl (HL) p.128-131, #18; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.FULL-1a #17.

Condition: A

A dark impression on watermarked paper with several worm tracks mostly confined to the blank margins that have been professionally infilled, including a few in blank areas of the image at top center.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/14/2016