|Description: We offer a rare map of the Holy Land by Jan Jansson. The plate size is 14” x 19” on handmade paper, housed in a double sided frame to reveal the text on verso. This map features a large cartouche in the upper left corner, flanked by Moses and Aaron and an illustration at the lower right of the two spies, Caleb and Joshua, carrying the grapes of Canaan; both are vividly hand colored. Item #PR00270.
As described in the Library of Congress: This hand-colored copperplate map of the Holy Land, featuring notable cities from the Bible, appeared in Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas (Theater of the World, or New Atlas), a work by Jan Jansson (1588-1664) that was published in Amsterdam circa 1658. It depicts the kingdoms of Judea and Israel, along with territory stretching north to present-day Beirut and land on both sides of the Jordan River as far south as the Dead Sea. It also includes a key to major cities, priestly towns, and towns belonging to the Philistines. The map is an exact copy of the “Typus chorographicus” of Abraham Ortelius (1527-98), which was adapted from a map by the German cartographer, geographer, and mathematician Tilemann Stella (circa 1525-89). This map was first published by Jansson in 1652 in his Accuratissima Orbis Antiqui Delineation (Atlas of the Ancient World).
Condition:There is a water stain at the lower right margin that blends in with the hand colored border, otherwise the map is in good condition, though it has not been examined out of its frame.