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Auction 174, Lot 658

"Terra Sancta, sive Promissionis, olim Palestina Recens Delineata, et in Lucem Edita", Wit, Frederick de

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1680 (circa)

Publication: Altas Minor

Color: Hand Color

21.7 x 17.9 inches
55.1 x 45.5 cm
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North is oriented to the right on this richly decorative map of the Holy Land. The coast is filled with many different kinds of ships, including one bringing cedar for Solomon's Temple, and another storm-tossed ship with a sea monster that illustrates the Jonah and the whale bible story. The Kishon (Cison) River connects Haifa Bay to the Sea of Galilee. At bottom is an inset of the encampment of the Tribes surrounding the Tabernacle, flanked by Moses and Aaron. The top of the map is decorated with an elegantly engraved cartouche and garland supported by a fleet of putti.

References: Laor #860.

Condition: B+

Full contemporary color with a small worm hole along the centerfold, a stain below the title cartouche, and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 1" into image at bottom. There is light toning along the edges of the sheet and a couple of additional stains in the top blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/11/2019