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Auction 161, Lot 652

"Issachar Asinus Fortis Decubens Inter Duo Onera", Fuller, Thomas

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1650 (published)

Publication: A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10.9 inches
33 x 27.7 cm
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This delightfully illustrated map is from what R.V. Tooley described as "the most quaint and decorative series of maps." This charming map covers the region settled by the Tribe of Issachar, between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan and south of the Sea of Galilee. The cities allocated to the Levites are surrounded by two circles. The map shows the large city of Iezreel and several battles and stories from the Bible are colorfully illustrated. The map is further adorned with an elaborate coat of arms and dedication to Thomas Leigh and the shield and banner of the Tribe of Issachar. Engraved by John Goddard with his initials at lower right.

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 #286; Nebenzahl (HL) p.128-131, #9; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.FULL-1a #8.

Condition: A

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

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 2/8/2017