Maps of the Bible Lands: Images of Terra Sancta through Two Millennia


Kenneth Nebenzahl


London: Times Books, 1986. Large format folio, 39 x 30.8 cm, 164 pages, 60 Plates of maps in colour and b/w from illuminated manuscripts and early printed sources, hard cover, gilt title on spine, blind incised drawing on lower front board covered in black cloth, colour illustrated dust wrapper. Introduction; The Late Classical World and Early Middle Ages; The High Middle Ages and the Crusades; The Renaissance and Rise of Portolan Charts; The Sixteenth Century and Development of the Map Trade; Holy Land Cartography After Christian von Adrichom; French Influence and the Origins of Modern Surveying; List of Plates; Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index. Weight: 2.2 kg.

Book and dust jacket as new.

This book’s text, by Kenneth Nebenzahl, a widely recognised academic and authority on antiquarian cartography, provides historical and Biblical contexts for the accompanying Plates. Claudius Ptolemy’s map of A.D. 150, the earliest Holy Land depiction, maps drawn to aid the Crusaders and the earliest sea charts by Petrus Vesconte c.1320 are features among the Plates. Also included are the 1475 map of Palestine by Lucas Brandis, the first western map printer; Canaan, 1572, the first Holy Land map produced by an Englishman, Humphrey Cole; Byzantine, Arabic and Persian maps; and the Mandaba Mosaic, set into the floor of a 6th century Byzantine church in Jerusalem. The final map is the first Holy Land map based on an actual survey, by Colonel Pierre Jacotin, cartographer to Napoleon.