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A very scarce map of the wanderings of Moses and the Israelites through Egypt. The map tracks the route from Rahmeses to Pi Hachiroth on the Red Sea, then shows the Israelites crossing, while Pharoahs soldiers are swallowed up by the Sea. The route to Canaan then meanders for 8 years, until Moses reaches Mt Sinai and includes the scene of idolotry worship. The wanderings continue to year 33, where Kades and Moses' exodus is shown. The route then continues with a few other vignettes past the Dead Sea to Jordan in the 43rd year. Each of the years is represented by a named encampment. Large decorative cartouche.

Pieter Mortier Biography

Pierre, or Pieter, Mortier (1661-1711) was a Dutch engraver, son of a French refugee. He was born in Leiden. In 1690 he was granted a privilege to publish French maps in Dutch lands. In 1693 he released the first and accompanying volume of the Neptune Francois. The third followed in 1700. His son, Cornelis (1699-1783), would partner with Johannes Covens I, creating one of the most important map publishing companies of the eighteenth century.