Holy Land-Copper EngravingJohan Baptist Homann – 1707
Iudaea seu Palaestina ob sacratissima Redemtoris vestigia hodie dicta Terra Sancta prout olim In Duodecim Tribus Divisa separatis ab invicem Regnis Iuda et Israel…
Beautiful coloured map of the Holy Land by Johann Baptist Homann. The Holy Land is divided into 12 tribes and the cartography organized according to biblical information. The title cartouche at upper left shows Moses receiving the Tablets of the Law on Mount Sinai. At bottom right corner, a small inset map shows the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and the rescue from slavery under the Egytian pharaoh Exodus: Populi Israelitici ex Aegypto per Desertum in Terram Promissionis Canaan… and Moses and Aaron standing nearby. On the top of this map, the two spies carrying the oversized bunch of grapes.
About the Cartographer
Johann Baptist Homann (1664-1724) was a leading German geographer and cartographer who founded in 1702 his own publishing house. Homann produced hundreds of maps and developed a distinctive style characterized by heavy detailed engraving, elaborate allegorical cartouche work, and vivid hand color. The Homann firm, due to the lower cost of printing in Germany, was able to undercut the dominant French and Dutch publishing houses while matching the diversity and quality of their output. By 1715 Homann’s rising star caught the attention of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles the VI, who appointed him Imperial Cartographer. In the same year he was also appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin.
The map is professionally framed using high quality and acid free materials
H: 53 cm W: 60 cm (70 x 78 cm framed size)
H: 21” W: 23 ½” (27 ½’ x 31” framed size)