"Libanus et ejus Vicinia", Fuller, Thomas
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1650 (published)
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 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, first 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.
On watermarked paper with a number of small worm holes adjacent to the centerfold at right and to the left of the dedication cartouche. There is light scattered foxing that is mostly confined to the blank margins.