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Auction 175, Lot 644

"A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, with the Historie of the Old and New Testament Acted Thereon", Fuller, Thomas

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.1 x 11.6 inches
18 x 29.5 cm

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. A Pisgah is translated as a mountain ridge, and typically refers to Mount Nebo, which is believed to be the summit from which Moses saw the Promised Land. The maps in the book were derived from the cartography of Adichom supplemented by Fuller's own wide reading. 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. This is the engraved title page to Fuller's work and is centered on a idyllic landscape filled with animals. The view is surrounded by an elaborate border with biblical references and vignettes of husbandry, including beekeeping, wine-making, churning butter, and harvesting. Engraved by Francis Clein (Cleyn).


Condition: B+

Light soiling with a tiny tear at bottom that has been repaired on verso with old paper.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $75

Closed on 11/13/2019