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[Holy Land] Jean Baptiste Nolin, La Terre Sainte Autrefois Terre de Canaan et de Promission Divisee Selon Ses Douze Tribus... Paris, 1700. Four sheets joined, overall 39 x 48½. Faint traces of old outline color on the Mediterranean coast and the divisions of the twelve tribes. A few small rubbed areas, else VG condition. $8,500.00
An historical depiction of the Holy Land and adjacent areas. With two inset plans of ancient and modern Jerusalem and eight engraved vignettes and plans at each side. Liturgical imagery, both Jewish and Catholic, are featured in the cartouche. Hundreds of place names and events identified in the large lettered and numbered draped key which measures 22" x 25". Manuscript additions of a row of "x" marks on the east coast of the Red Sea below the illustrated escape from Egypt suggest a former map owner held different views as to the crossing's location.
Studded with captions of an historic or topographical nature as well as tiny vignettes such as Moses receiving the tablets atop Mount Sinai, the pyramids, and various oases with comments of the water quality. Each station of the Israelites during their wanderings in the desert is noted by a tent. Small figure illustrate the Israelites crossing the Red Sea with the Egyptian Army drowning behind them. Nolin credits sources such as the Old and New Testaments, Josephus, Jesuit P. Sallien and Father Paul de Miglionico (many years resident in the Holy Land).
Though Nolin was associated with Royal Geographer Coronelli and held appointments as Geographer to the Duc d'Orleans and to Louis XIV, he fell afoul of the law and in 1706 was successfully sued by De L'Isle for plagiarism. A striking example of a map intended for bible study. Laor, Maps of the Holy Land 535
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