HIGHLY DECORATIVE FRENCH MAP OF THE HOLY LAND
BUY DE MORNAS, CLAUDE
Histoire = Sainte Depuis l’An 2513 jusqu’a l’An 2553
15” x 21 3/4”. Beautiful original wash color. Some faint waterstaining in margins, otherwise excellent condition.
This is a beautiful, highly decorative map of the Holy Land including Egypt, Israel and Jordan, showing the Dead Sea and the two northern forks of the Red Sea. A number of Biblical placenames are marked and the whole is flanked by two large panels of historical text. An inset of the camp of the Israelites is in the upper left. The map appeared in Buy de Mornas’s four volume Atlas Méthodique et Elémentaire de Géographie et d'Histoire, published by Louis Charles Desnos. It is printed within an ornate decorative border frame that was drawn and engraved by Martinet. These decorative borders were found only in the deluxe edition of Buy de Mornas’s work.
Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers, Revised Edition, Volume I, p. 217; not in Laor.
Inventory No. 7391