Tabula Geographica in qua Regiones Cananaeae, et Locorum Situs Prout ea Tempore Christi, et Apostolorum Suerunt de Integro Describuntur, ac Suis Limitibus Distinguntur
by PLANCIUS, Petrus
Amsterdam: D. R. M. Mathes, 1624. unbound. Map. Copper engraving. Image measures 11.5 x 19.5" This superb 1624 map by Petrus Plancius depicts the region if Israel, Palestine or the Holy Land extending from Tripoli south to Egypt. Oriented with north to the left, the map is beautifully detailed and identifies rivers, cities, regions, lakes, and political divisions during the time of Christ. The Dead Sea is included. One of the most ornate maps engraved by Baptista van Doetichum, this 2nd state replaces 'Petro Plancio' and 'Petrum Plantium' with D. R. M. Mathes. The whole is surrounded by 15 beautiful vignettes that depict various scenes of the Apostles. This is one of a series of six magnificent and rare Bible maps of the Holy Land, each surrounded by finely engraved vignettes of biblical scenes. These scenes were printed only in a few editions of the Planicius Bible, first issued in 1590 in Amsterdam by Laurens Jacobzon. The map is in good condition with minor wear along the original centerfold and minor foxing. Petrus Plancius (1552 - 1622) was Flemish astronomer, cartographer and clergyman from West Flanders. After he moved to Amsterdam in 1585 and found himself in the center of European mapmaking, when he became a geographer and cartographer. He was appointed the chief mapmaker to the Dutch East India Company. Although he did not issue any atlases, he had a prolific output of over a hundred separate maps. As an important national figure, he obtained many mapmaking monopolies, one of which was a 12 year privilege to be the sole printer of maps using Mercator's projection from 1594 - 1606. Baptista van Doetichum (fl. 1588 - 1633) was an engraver from Belgium along with his father Jan van Doetichum the elder. The Doetichum family were renowned craftsmen and were widely respected for their fine engravings of de Jode's 'Speculum' and early maps by Plancius. A wonderful black and white example. (Inventory #: 271864)
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