"Terra Sancta quae in Sacris Terra Promissionis olim Palestina", Blaeu, Willem
Subject: Holy Land
Period: 1629 (dated)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19.4 x 15 inches
49.3 x 38.1 cm
Magnificent map of the Holy Land, viewed as Moses would have seen it from atop Mt. Pisgah in his vision of the Promised Land. The Exodus and the Wandering of the Children of Israel are depicted in the Sinai. Moses and Aaron flank the decorative cartouche, Jonah and the whale are shown in the sea, and the Pharaoh's forces are seen drowning in the Red Sea. The Mare Mortuum or Dead Sea is shown in a distorted shape with Sodom and Gommora burning within it. The map is oriented with west at the top by two lovely compass roses. This map was engraved by Jodocus Hondius and the plate was purchased by Blaeu who issued it under his own name. Latin text on verso, published in 1635.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #8150:2:2; Laor #106; Nebenzahl (HL) #42.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with an archivally repaired centerfold separation at bottom and a few spots of foxing, mostly confined to the blank margins.